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"At its best, SF is the medium in which our miserable certainty that tomorrow will be different from today in ways we can't predict, can be transmuted to a sense of excitement and anticipation, occasionally evolving into awe."
- John Brunner

Magship  
  A ship that uses magnetic fields to catch the solar wind for propulsion.  

"Lieutenant," Jimmy turned on the younger pilot, "how should I angle the magnetic field against the solar wind to achieve an effect of negative solar gravity?"

"Not a clue," she said cheerfully.

"...that's my whole point," Jimmy insisted. "Nothing she knows about rockets would prepare her to run a magship any better than me. And I do know the software and the theory."

From Falling Stars, by Michael Flynn.
Published by Tor in 1998
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