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"The SF approach: an awareness that things could have been different, that this is one of many possible worlds, that if you came to this world from some other planet, this would be a science fiction world."
- Neal Stephenson

Gravity-Screen  
  A device that shields an object from the effects of gravity.  

All of his time-honored rules of interplanetary navigation had been upset by this new cruiser, a craft entirely without gravity-screens which was flashing from sun to sun propelled by invisible vibrations only.
From Crashing Suns, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Popular Fiction Publishing Co. in 1928
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Compare to the more personal gravity web from Frank Herbert's 1969 novel Whipping Star, as well as cavorite from the 1901 novel The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells, the gravity-neutralizing disks from Edmond Hamilton's 1937 short story Fessenden's Worlds (which are for the lab) and the sleeping plates from Larry Niven's 1966 novella Neutron Star (which are for the bedroom). Also, the momentum screen from Completely Automatic, a 1941 story by Theodore Sturgeon.

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