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"The point sticks in your head: physics rules. Virtue does not triumph unless the physics allows it."
- Larry Niven

Tractatruck  
  Combination tractor and truck used for hauling and exploration.  

Two light tractor-treaded trucks were included in the equipment. The chassis and treads of the trucks had originally been landing gear for the great rocket, and their engines had served as air pumps and furl pumps...

Most of the exploration was done by foot rather than by tractatruck, since men afoot could make better time over the incredibly jagged rock and the frequent chasms..."

From The Moon is Hell, by John W. Campbell.
Published by Fantasy Press in 1950
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Compare to the electrotruck from The Corkscrew of Space (1956) by Poul Anderson and the automatic truck from Mechnocracy (1932) by Miles J. Breurer.

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