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"We [science fiction writers] always wanted to believe in "private sector" space -- hucksters make better characters than a government does."
- Larry Niven

Jump-Along  
  Computer used for calculating jumps between stars.  

The ranking IBMan officer, on any ship, was fully responsible for the operation and maintenance of all material connected in any way with either solar navigation or space-warp jumps. On a tramp, there was likely to be just one IBMan to do it all; Navy Transports carried a full complement of four olEcers and five enlisted men. Fresh Academy graduates came on board with j.g. status only, and worked in charge of an enlisted maintenance crew on the “jump-along” — that abstract mechanical brain whose function it was to set up the obscure mathematic-symbolic relationships which made it possible for matter to be transmitted through the “holes” in space-time, enabling a ship to travel an infinite distance in an infinitesimal time.
From The Lady Was A Tramp, by Rose Sharon.
Published by Venture Science Fiction in 1957
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Compare to the HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) by Arthur C. Clarke and the ballistic calculator from Misfit (1939) by Robert Heinlein.

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