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"This is a predictive tool I've used: There are goals we've sought for ten thousand years, and we'll go on seeking them. Instant transport and travel, immortality (or at least longevity and miracle cures.), instant learning …"
- Larry Niven

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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