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"Science fiction and science have always danced around each other. Science fiction is the subconscious of science."
- Greg Bear

Rocket-Polo  
  Polo played with rocket-powered craft.  

If you're one of those rarities who haven't attended a rocket-polo "carnage", let me tell you it's a colorful affair. In the first place, it's played at night against a backdrop of stars. Thousand-foot towers a mile apart constitute the ends of the playing field, surmounting which are huge, neon-outlined rings flaunting the colors of the respective teams.


(Rocket Polo from Ra For The Rajah)

Five small gyrotomics, their wings and fuselages etched in guarded neon-tubes, constitute a team. The ball is a five-foot, positively charged, helium-filled sphere which is thrust back and forth by plus-charged force beams in the 'tomic's noses.

Picture that weaving, wavering crisscross of varicolored lights, intricately kaleidoscopic-illumined ships, flashing hither and yon - finely etched, winged bullets against infinity.

From Ra For The Rajah, by John Victor Peterson.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1938
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Compare to the battleroom from Ender's Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card and to the description of air speedster Nyak-hunting from Foundation (1951) by Isaac Asimov.

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