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"I don't know why I write science fiction. The voices in my head told me to!"
- Charles Stross

Moon Hopper  
  A jet-powered single-person vehicle for the Moon.  

At the moment there was some need for a good, reliable one-man conveyance for the Moon. Wheeled vehicles required monstrous balloon tires to keep from sinking into the pumice-like dust. Tracked vehicles were equally cumbersome. But SPI had developed a neat little reaction vehicle they were thinking of calling the Moon Hopper. It looked like a sure thing. There had been similar gadgets tried before, and others would come along in the future, but the Moon Hopper was the best thing to date. It was Joe’s problem to grab the market and grab it fast, because there just wasn’t room enough at present for more than one such product.


(Moon Hopper from 'Rider in the Sky' by Raymond F. Jones)

Technovelgy from Rider in the Sky, by Raymond F. Jones.
Published by Thrilling Science Fiction in 1973
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(Moon Hopper from 'Rider in the Sky' by Raymond F. Jones)

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