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"I received a nice letter the other day from the Dalai Lama. He had read 'The Nine Billion Names of God'. It is about a computer at a Tibetan monastery."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Gravitation Paralysis  
  Dread illness of space travelers striking when changing from very weak to very strong gravities.  

"Twelve years," he told her. "That's a long time in the outer planets. Most space-men don't last that long out hereŚwrecks, accidents or gravitation-paralysis gets them."

"Gravitation-paralysis?" she repeated. "I've heard of that as a terrible danger to space-travelers. But I don't really know what it is."

"It's the most dreaded danger of all out here," Kenniston answered. "A paralysis that hits you when you change from very weak to very strong gravities or vice versa, too often. It locks all your muscles rigid by numbing the motor-nerves."

From The World With A Thousand Moons, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1942
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