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"...science fiction is sort of like a sociological genome. It's a huge range of possible futures, most of them useless; some vital. You never really know in advance."
- Peter Watts

Tug  
  A small space vehicle, used to provide a push or pull to objects floating in space without propulsion systems.  

At this point in the novel, Case and Molly are preparing to visit Straylight, a near-earth orbit habitat. They hitch a ride on a space tug.

The tug Marcus Garvey, a steel drum nine meters long and two in diameter, creaked and shuddered as Maelcum punched for a navigational burn...

Marcus Garvey had been thrown together around an enormous old Russian air scrubber, a rectangular thing daubed with Rastafarian symbols, Lions of Zion and Black Star Liners, the reds and greens and yellows overlaying wordy decals in Cyrillic script.

From Neuromancer, by William Gibson.
Published by Phantasia Press in 1984
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