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"I do think there is a link in that in both cases, writing fiction or writing a computer program, at any given moment you're focusing on a very specific and particular thing—one word, one line of code, whatever."
- Neal Stephenson

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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