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"My feeling is that the chance of our surviving into the twenty-first century as working civilization is less than fifty percent but greater than zero."
- Isaac Asimov

Individual Flyer  
  Personal antigravity and wing unit.  

GREG FENNEL dropped to the sidewalk. His toes rapped upon the fused silica, then his gravity repulsor died and his heels settled firmly. He twisted his belt buckle. Magnetic wing locks snapped open. The short wing rolled into a small box upon his shoulders. In a few seconds Greg had become a pedestrian...

GREG ALLOWED the sinuous arms of one of the Venusians to travel over his body. The needle pistol was taken. So were the two extra pellets of ammunition. He even allowed his individual flyer to be lifted from his shoulders.

Technovelgy from Asteroid Pirates, by Royal W. Heckman.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1938
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Compare to the jump harness from Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) by Robert Heinlein and the copter harness from The Star Beast (1954) also by Heinlein.

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