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"I do think there is a link in that in both cases, writing fiction or writing a computer program, at any given moment you're focusing on a very specific and particular thing—one word, one line of code, whatever."
- Neal Stephenson

Ships With Legs  
  Space ships with mechanical limbs for walking the Earth.  

Alien machines stalk the Earth! What kind of alien being would you find if you disabled one, and went inside?


(Buck Rogers: Ships with legs seen in visiplate)


(Buck Rogers: Ships with legs inside)


(Buck Rogers: Ships with legs up close)

Technovelgy from Buck Rogers, 2430 AD, by Philip Nowlan (w/D. Calkins).
Published by Not Known in 1929
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Compare to the centipede-machine from Monsters of Mars (1931) by Edmond Hamilton, the robass from The Quest for Saint Aquin (1951) by Anthony Boucher, the centipede from Killing Titan (2015) by Greg Bear and the walking fort from The Killing Machine (1964) by Jack Vance.

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