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"What television does is rent us friends and relatives who are quite satisfactory. This is quite something, to rent artificial friends and relatives right inside the house."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Ramscoop  
  An enormous magnetic field precedes a spaceship moving through space, directing interstellar hydrogen inward for use as fuel.  

See Bussard Ramjet.

The Belt telescopes, unhampered by atmospheric distortion, were able to see planets circling other suns; and the interstellar ramscoop robots had been search out man-inhabitable systems for nearly a century.
From World of Ptavvs, by Larry Niven.
Published by Not Available in 1965
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