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"In WWII, they had a saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. I think the modern equivalent of that is that there are no jaded, bored people in the high-tech industry, in the land of really good hardcore geeks."
- Neal Stephenson

Reversal Coils  
  Provide both entry into a negative universe and propulsion.  

"The atomic generators are feeding nine million kilowatts into the coils," he said. "The reversal field has already reached six billion kallent-volts. A little more—I don't know how much— and we shall undergo the atomic inver- sion, into the negative Universe. Or else, if I have failed, we shall be de- stroyed in a stupendous explosion of atomic energy."

"If—" whispered Lundoon. "If we live, -what then?"

"If we are still alive," the haggard man said, "we shall search for Venice Kallent. The psychode, I hope, will guide us, to her. And the reversal coils, at a different frequency, generate an unidirectional field that serves for pro- pulsion in space

From The Infinite Enemy, by Jack Williamson.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1938
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