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"Science fiction and science have always danced around each other. Science fiction is the subconscious of science."
- Greg Bear

Flitter  
  A small craft used for short-range journeys.  

Then all three went out to the flitter. A tiny speedster, really; a torpedo bearing the stubby wings and the ludicrous tail-surfaces, the multifarious driving-, braking-, side-, top- and under-jets so characteristic of the tricky, cranky, but ultra-maneuverable breed.
From Vortex Blaster, by E.E. 'Doc' Smith.
Published by Comet in 1941
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Compare to the skimmer from Roger Zelazny's 1966 novel This Immortal, the skitter from Frank Herbert's 1977 novel The Dosadi Experiment and the single seat scooter from Jack Vance's 1964 novel The Star King.

And, of course, the landspeeder from George Lucas' 1978 novel Star Wars.

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