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"I think we're still on that topic, still trying to figure out what computers are, how they change us, why we use them."
- Neal Stephenson

Kite-Copter Car  
  An observation car suspended below a device that supplies lift.  

How best to convey paying guests over rough ground, while minimizing noise? Balloons work, but are very slow.

The observation vehicle was of that peculiar variety used in conveying a large number of people across rough terrain. The car proper was suspended by a pair of cables from the kite-copter which flew five hundred feet overhead. The operator, seated in the nose of the car, worked pitch and attack by remote control, and so could skim quietly five feet over the ground, hover over waterfalls, ridges, ponds, other areas of scenic beauty with neither noise nor the thrash of driven air to disturb the passengers.
From The Kokod Warriors, by Jack Vance.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1952
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