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"Science fiction operates a little bit like science itself, in principle. You've got thousands of people exploring ideas, putting forth their own hypotheses. Most of them are dead wrong; a few stand the test of time; everything looks kind of quaint in hind"
- Peter Watts

Magnetic Grapple-Beams  
  Short range magnetic field to guide flying cars and park them properly.  

"What's this all about?" Benteley demanded. The car shuddered, as magnetic grapple-beams caught it and lowered it toward the winking buildings below...

"We're going to have a little party," Eleanor said, with a smile that barely moved her thin crimson lips. She allowed the car to settle into a concave lock and come finally to rest against a magnetic disk.

From Solar Lottery, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Ace Books in 1955
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