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"The SF approach: an awareness that things could have been different, that this is one of many possible worlds, that if you came to this world from some other planet, this would be a science fiction world."
- Neal Stephenson

Jet-Powered Aquaplane  
  Overpowered surface boat.  

A Vancian premonition of the contemporary JetSki.

"He went out on the deck overlooking the ocean, leaned against the rail. Great blazing Rigel hung low over the ocean, laying a molten road from shore to horizon. Near at hand in the harbor, enclosed by twin piers, a hundred boats were moored: power yachts, sailing catamarans, glass-hulled submarines, a shoal of jet-powered aquaplanes, to be driven at maniacal speed over, through, and across the waves."
From The Star King, by Jack Vance.
Published by Berkeley in 1964
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I'll bet it makes an incredibly loud, irritating noise as well.

Thanks to R. Probert for contributing this item.

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