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"I can remember when the first pulsars were discovered. I was able to go and sit down and listen to graduate students talking about what their theories, to explain what pulsars really were."
- Vernor Vinge

Autofreighter  
  An autonomous vessel carrying trade materials.  

The autofreighter smashed into the boat, breaking it in two and forcing both halves underwater. Nothing but splinters surfaced in the wake.
From The Mountain in the Sea, by Ray Naylor.
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2022
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