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"The idea I want to push next is that the United States should make Siberia a Protectorate. Pay the Russians off a hundred, two hundred billion dollars and simply run Siberia in an ecologically responsible way."
- Gregory Benford

Aero  
  A flying bus.  

Sometimes referred to as a "flying bus" also called a "street airplane".

When they next met it was by chance, in a street aeroplane. The aero was full, and they didn't take much notice of each other till something went wrong with the machinery and they were falling street-wards, probably on the top of that unfortunate shop, Swan and Edgar's. In that dizzy moment the Minister swayed towards Kitty and said, "Relax the body and don't protrude the tongue," and then the crash came.

They only grazed Swan and Edgar's, and came down in Piccadilly, amid a crowd of men who scattered like a herd of frightened sheep. No one was much hurt (street aeros were carefully padded and springed, against these catastrophes), but Kitty chanced to strike the back of her head and to be knocked silly. It was only for a moment, and when she recovered consciousness the Minister was bending over her and whispering, "She's killed. She's killed. Oh God."

"Not at all," said Kitty, sitting up, very white. "It takes quite a lot more than that."

From What Not: A Prophetic Comedy, by Rose Macaulay.
Published by London Constable And Company Ltd. in 1918
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Here are the rules:

"If you hope to achieve safety in a street aero
(1) Do not alight before the aero does.
(2) Do not attempt to jump up into an aero in motion."

Then a picture:
"A will be killed because he is standing immediately beneath a descending aero bus.
B will be killed because he and others like him have shaken the nerve of the aviator."

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