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"I can remember when the first pulsars were discovered. I was able to go and sit down and listen to graduate students talking about what their theories, to explain what pulsars really were."
- Vernor Vinge

Tracked Vehicle  
  A heavily armored vehicle, typical of those in use, with a remarkable agility.  

This remarkable vehicle apparently required both hands and feet to operate properly. Dosadis were a notoriously violent group; they would plunder an open vehicle without mercy.

Bahrank put them through a series of dazzling speed changes and turns for no apparent reason.
From The Dosadi Experiment, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Berkley Putnam in 1977
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It also has the capacity to pick its metal treads up and run on rubber wheels when silence (or the road surface) demanded it.

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