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"...a few centuries of coherent humanist thought, set against a million odd years of evolved killer ape tendency. No-one's going to give you very good odds on humanism, are they?"
- Richard Morgan

Gravitic Generator  
  A device that produces an artificial gravity field.  

“However, if this local generation of a gravitic field can be used to nullify mass, we can make a spaceship that need not increase in mass as its velocity increases.

“Providing that my reasoning is any good. This is just conjecture and guess. I don’t know yet how much this gravitic generator will cover."

From Meddler's Moon, by George O. Smith.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1947
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