"The world is really so surreal these days that it's necessary for us to blunt it somehow in order to stay sane. The artist functions to short-circuit the buffering mechanism, so that people can occasionally perceive the weirdness of things as they are."
This is a very early mention of the notion that, to survive in space in earth orbit, it would be necessary to take some air with you.
Compare to the air renewal system from Jules Verne's 1867 classic From the Earth to the Moon and the Air-Restorer Capsule from The Planet Strappers (1961), by Raymond Z. Gallun.
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