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"Evolutionary success ... is going to absolutely require mobility on, at a minimum, an interplanetary scale. We either go or we die out."
- Richard Morgan

Floating Building  
  An apartment building that floats a few feet off the ground.  

He strode up onto the sidewalk, then along the redwood rounds path to the main lobby of the choice ten-story structure that floated, on compressed air jets, a few feet from the ground. The flotation gave its inhabitants a ceaseless sensation of being gently lulled, as if on a giant mother's bosom. He had always enjoyed that. Back East it had not caught on, but out here on the Coast it enjoyed an expensive vogue.
From Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Doubleday in 1974
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Compare to the floating castle from Larry Niven's 1970 novel Ringworld.

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