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"It was my preferred entertainment when I was a kid, so when I set out to be a writer, it was perfectly natural that I should write the sort of stories that I used to enjoy reading."
- John Brunner

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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