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"I think we could solve our problems more easily through strength of character; but that's always been a commodity in extremely short supply."
- Gregory Benford

Levitator Pack  
  Handy anti-gravity when you need it.  

“I’ll be back here as soon as I can, Evelyn,” he said.

Before she could protest his intrusion into that black abyss before them, alone, he had leaped over its brink. He had pressed a button on the levitator pack strapped to his shoulders. The powerful electric batteries there, much lighter in weight than any small atomic-generator unit could ever have been, fed current to a series of complicated coils that fought gravity. Thus, his rate of descent was completely under his control. His flashlight showed him where he was going.

Almost two hours later, he returned to the brink of the abyss, lifted there by his levitator.

Technovelgy from Gears for Nemesis, by Raymond Z. Gallun.
Published by Startling Stories in 1942
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Compare to the gravity web from Whipping Star (1969) by Frank Herbert and to anti-gravity belt from Armageddon: 2419 A.D. (1929) by Philip Frances Nowlan.

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