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"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
- Frederik Pohl

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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