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"I realized there was a heavy-duty change coming in biology, and I could write a really compelling novel about catastrophic evolution, punctuated equilibrium."
- Greg Bear

Whoopee Drive  
  Spacecraft propulsion.  

The room was brightly illuminated and its bulk-heads were painted stark white in contrast to the rest of the ship, which had been painted various colors and pattern according to the whims of former skippers. Toward the rear, two pits contained the lower halves of the main thrusters. Between them was slung the tapering cone of the whoopee drive.
From Space Angel, by John Maddox Roberts.
Published by Ballantine in 1979
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