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"I was perfectly satisfied to write science fiction knowing that it would pay very little, that it would be seen by only a very few people."
- Isaac Asimov

Emergency Space-Suit  
  A compacted space-suit stored for emergency use.  

He rounded a corner. A slight figure, swaying like a reed, collided with him and would have fallen if he had not thrust out a supporting arm. It was a girl. Even in the shadowy light he saw that she was beautiful. Her delicately molded features were drained white, but her deep pooled eyes were level in their gaze, unafraid.

“I’m sorry,” he managed, finding utterance labored, “Are you hurt?”

“Quite all right,” she said, with a wan smile, “if only I had some air to breathe...”

His eyes strained toward the compartment where the emergency space-suit was neatly compacted. Thank God.

Pemberton worked with feverish haste. Somehow he thrust the unconscious girl into the suit, tightened the helmet into position, opened the valve that started the steady measured flow of life-giving oxygen.

Technovelgy from Pirates of the Gorm, by Nat Schachner.
Published by Astounding Stories in 1932
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