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"It was [H.G. Wells'] adolescent fiction, his imaginative stories, that live forever - and yet are not acknowledged in literature classes as being great literature. So to hell with the academics!"
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Floater (Vehicle)  
  A conveyance distinguished primarily by antigravity power.  

Very early use of this term.

A dark shadow drifted slowly across the room, and they turned to see a five-passenger floater sinking slowly, gently, to earth.
From The Machine, by John W. Campbell.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1935
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