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"...the space defense initiative drove the USSR bankrupt, and it originated at my house in Tarzana."
- Larry Niven

Thigh Grips  
  Special chair feature for space ships undergoing accelerations.  

Brown sat in a fastened-down chair with thigh grips holding him in place. He was writing. On Joe's entry, he carefully put the pen down on a magnetized plate that would hold it until he wanted it again. Otherwise it could have floated anywhere about the room.
From Space Tug, by Murray Leinster.
Published by Not known in 1953
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Didn't I see thigh grips on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation? I can't remember.

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