"[Science fiction] is the one literary medium left in which we have a free hand. We can do any damn thing we please."
In the novel, space craft do not have any means of propulsion other than selectively shielding against gravity. You don't want to get hung up on the neutral point!
Compare this idea to the discussion of weightlessness in Jules Verne's 1867 novel From te Earth to the Moon.
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