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"I did more research, and realized I almost would rather be a biologist than a writer, because there was incredible stuff going on!"
- Greg Bear

Artificial Gill Outfit  
  A diving suit that pulls air from the water.  

Can't afford to go to Mars? How about an underwater vacation?

"Listen." Kirsten crouched down beside him and spoke earnestly, the harsh quality momentarily gone from her voice. "The bottom of the ocean - our ocean is much more, an infinity of times more beautiful. You know that; everyone knows that. Rent an artificial gill-outfit for both of us, take a week off from work, and we can descend and live down there at one of those year-round aquatic resorts..."
From We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Fantasy and SF in 1966
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For a real-life take on what it would be like to have unlimited air underwater, see Breathe Like A Fish Thanks To Alan Bodner.

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