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"Science fiction has gotten more accurate as we've gotten closer to the present, because science fiction stories have not only attracted, but also generated current scientists."
- Larry Niven

Transport Walkers  
  Multilegged transport vehicles big enough to carry one person.  

"You want to keep an eye on that fire,” she said. "They’re already getting ready to evacuate Newberry and the Tahquamenon State Park.” She slung the sniffing device on her back alongside the carbine, and climbed nimbly astride an old pine stump, half hidden in the foliage. The stump rose about a meter off the ground, and began walking off into the woods on six multi-jointed camouflaged legs. The two other soldiers also rose from concealment, and followed on their own machines. They were wearing their gas masks and hoods, and had their weapons at the ready.


(Transport walker from A Little Further Up The Fox...)

Tom recognized the little transport walkers. The G.I.’s called them "roaches;” they were about the size of a Mexican burro, but much lighter and easier to clean up after.

From A Little Further Up The Fox..., by George M. Ewing.
Published by Asimov's Science Fiction in 1987
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Compare to the walker wagon from Farmer in the Sky (1950) by Robert Heinlein, the robass from The Quest for Saint Aquin (1951) by Anthony Boucher and the the centipede-machine from Monsters of Mars (1931) by Edmond Hamilton, the centipede from Killing Titan (2015) by Greg Bear.

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