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"…we store information differently, reading a science fiction story, to make it make sense."
- Samuel R. Delany

Pneumatic Tube Station  
  Passengers are sealed into a narrow cylinder that is shot through a pressurized tube to their destination.  

Mechanically his long legs carried him to the pneumatic tube station, blind instinct directed him to the proper aperture. A car had almost filled; he could barely wedge his broad shoulders into the remaining space. But the crowded discomfort made no impression on him. He did not notice the sealing of the entrance, the hiss of admitted air, the twenty minute flight that took him for the last time to the C Division living area, a hundred miles away.
From Exiles of the Moon, by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat).
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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Compare to the shorter range bounce tube from Robert Heinlein's 1956 story Double Star.

The concept was originally proposed for freight delivery by George Medhurst, a London businessman in the early nineteenth century. His second proposal in 1812 was for a system that delivered people

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