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"We were essentially being shell-shocked by rapid change. That was one of the things you needed science-fiction writers for back in the Sixties, because we could cope with the future."
- Peter Watts

Movable Slideway  
  A slideway (moving sidewalk) that can be extended to a spaceship to ease the debarkation process.  

Don hung back and let a Navajo family disembark ahead of him, then followed the squaw out. A movable slideway had crawled out to the ship; he stepped on it and let it carry him into the station.
From Between Planets, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1951
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Compare to those boring, old-fashioned fixed slideways.

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