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"[Science fiction is] anything that turns you and your social context, the social you, inside out."
- Gregory Benford

Grapple-Ray  
  A version of the tractor beam idea.  

"Captain Dunstan, the most extraordinary thing has happened! We’ve just picked up two men — two men drifting with the meteoric stream, and in space suits — and they’re alive I”

Captain Dunstan rose slowly. “Alive, and adrift in space? Then it’s the first such occurrence in the history of space travel! Who are they?”

Bormon, who was last to be drawn in by the grapple-ray and helped out of his space suit by the willing hands of the Alert’s crew, was still capable of giving an understandable account of things...

Technovelgy from Exit From Asteroid 60, by D.L. James.
Published by Planet Stories in 1940
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