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"The whole problem of energy sources is going to be solved by little solutions, not by some big new piece of technology that does everything. We got into this crisis by believing that we had one big piece of technology that would do everything (oil)."
- Gregory Benford

Ramscoop  
  An enormous magnetic field precedes a spaceship moving through space, directing interstellar hydrogen inward for use as fuel.  

See Bussard Ramjet.

The Belt telescopes, unhampered by atmospheric distortion, were able to see planets circling other suns; and the interstellar ramscoop robots had been search out man-inhabitable systems for nearly a century.
From World of Ptavvs, by Larry Niven.
Published by Not Available in 1965
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