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"This category [science fiction] excludes rocket ships that make U-turns, serpent men of Neptune that lust after human maidens, and stories by authors who flunked their Boy Scout merit badge tests in descriptive astronomy."
- Robert Heinlein

Magnetic Clamps  
  Used for attaching your craft to a larger spaceship.  

…he watched the tiny auxiliary rockets putting off from the pirate, and darting across toward the liner…

He was helpless as they fastened themselves upon the liner with magnetic clamps, and began cutting openings through her hull.

From Twelve Hours To Live, by Jack Williamson.
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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