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"the [science fiction] writer should be able to convince the reader (and himself) that the wonders he is describing really can come true...and that gets tricky when you take a good, hard look at the world around you."
- Frederik Pohl

Speedcap  
  Short for speed capsule (?); sometimes, going ballistic is the fastest way to get there.  

This is an interesting way to get across town. One of the advantages is that it requires minimal infrastructure between "stations." And it sounds like more fun.

I reached the speedcaps and got into one. I punched in the code for the Gate, sank into the padding and took a deep breath, then me and the capsule arched out over the city like a high pop fly to centerfield.

Faster than that I cannot hurry....My capsule was fielded by the retarder rings.

From Millenium, by John Varley.
Published by Berkley Books in 1983
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So, all those tables calculated by the first human "calculators" are finally coming in handy for the commuter…

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