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"Great! If this will work, there could sometime be a smaller version... like... lets say the size of a skateboard!"
(McFly 1/6/2012 4:56:26 AM)
"Nice try, McFly! No way that two, four or even eight miniaturized propellers (sized to a skateboard scale) would lift a human, let alone allow him to ride such a contraption like a skateboard.
Small jet engines and antigravity are the way to go!"
(Tannen 1/6/2012 8:17:48 AM)
"I forgot to point out that this general idea is an sf standard; fans should recall some of the following examples:
The skimmer from Roger Zelazny's 1966 novel This Immortal and the skitter from Frank Herbert's 1977 novel The Dosadi Experiment; the surface slider and the platform flyer, both from Jack Vance's 1964 novel The Star King. Finally, check out the original idea for this kind of craft - the flitter from 'Doc Smith's 1941 story Vortex Blaster."
(Bill Christensen 1/6/2012 9:56:25 AM)
"Tannen, you might like the Hawking Mat from Dan Simmons' 1989 novel Hyperion. (Mad) scientists are trying to make one (sort of) - see Princeton's Magic Carpet."
(Bill Christensen 1/6/2012 10:02:57 AM)
"looks more like those speeders that the storm troopers used in the Star Trek movie with the ewoks."
( 1/6/2012 5:58:11 PM)
"I think you mean Star Wars - and I think you're right, at least from the side, they do look similar. Judge for yourself in this video:
(Bill Christensen 1/6/2012 5:59:07 PM)
"My first Sci Fi connection seeing this was Larry Niven's Skycycle. The description in "Ringworld" was of it looking like a flying dumbell where the rider straddled the bar that connected the two weights. From above that's what this looks like!"
(Erik Glenn 1/10/2012 1:36:46 PM)
"I totally forgot about that example, Erik. Readers can take a look at the entry for the flycycle from Larry Niven's 1970 blockbuster Ringworld. "
(Bill Christensen 1/10/2012 5:14:41 PM)