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"Human beings hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn; when they do, which isn't often, on their own, the hard way."
- Robert Heinlein

Gyrotomic  
  A small gyrostabilized hovercraft.  

And all the time the fellows told me that Ianay had taken it upon himself to privately tutor Rosalie in her gyrotomic-flying.

Which hurt more than anything else!

From Ra For The Rajah, by John Victor Peterson.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1938
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The gyrotomics could also be used in team sports:


(Rocket Polo from Ra For The Rajah)

Five small gyrotomics, their wings and fuselages etched in guarded neon-tubes, constitute a team. The ball is a five-foot, positively charged, helium-filled sphere which is thrust back and forth by plus-charged force beams in the 'tomic's noses.

Compare to the flying platform from Locked Worlds (1929) by Edmond Hamilton, the hoverlimo from Steel Beach (1992) by John Varley, the landspeeder from Star Wars (1976) by George Lucas and the hovercraft from Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988) by William Gibson.

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