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"In science fiction one can say a great many things that are unpalatable, because it's expressed as science fiction you can slip it past their defenses."
- Frederik Pohl

Skimmer  
  Low-flying, hovering vehicle.  

Very early use of this term.

Tractors shoved the stuff into piles and skimmers mounting gravity engines carried it away.
From Lost Ulysses, by W.L. Bade.
Published by Astounding Stories in 1949
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Compare to amphibious skimmer from Chris Wooding's 2006 novel Storm Thief and to the Radisson Skimmer from Roger Zelazny's 1966 novel This Immortal..

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