"If you have a gut response to a story, you are not responding to something new ..you are really responding to a story you were told when you were six or sevenů"
The basic idea for a magnetically-levitated train was developed years earlier - so, this is not a Heinlein idea.
You can see that this idea was set forth in a remarkably similar form decades earlier in Modern Mechanics and Inventions from 1931.
(Magnets Drive High Speed Suspension Trains Thru Air)
Thanks to Winchell Chung for this item.
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