"[Science fiction is] an integration of the mood and attitude of science (the objective universe) with the fears and hopes that spring from the unconscious."
This is the first description of this process that I know about, in a novel anyway.
Compare to cosmic express from the 1930 short story of that name by Jack Williamson, the nutrient gelatin tank from The Isotope Men (1936) by Nat Schachner and the emergency treatment tank from Agent of Vega (1949) by James Schmitz.
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