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"I kind of take it for granted that our great-grandchildren will regard us as a sort of precursor species. That they won't think of us as human and if we could see them, we probably wouldn't think of them as human either."
- William Gibson

Electric-Yacht  
  A surface vessel powered entirely by electricity.  

I had, however, no time to reflect upon my rare good fortune, for Ali Barber seized me by the hand and led me rapidly out of the palace to the bank of the river. There was a small yacht, and I went on board of it with Ali Barber.

“The Treasury is some distance up the Nile. We go to it in the electric ferry boat of the Illustrious.”

We were moving along at a tremendous rate.

“We are alone on board,” said Ali Barber. “This being an electric yacht requires no one to work it.”

On went the electric-yacht faster and still faster. It rushed through the water at lightning speed. Sometimes the boat was shot up a fearful height, and sometimes it fell a terrible depth, which I presume was going up and down the cataracts. In my agony I thought I should have thrown myself into the river. I screamed and yelled and at last became unconscious.

Technovelgy from A Strange Trip, by John Baker Hopkins.
Published by Tinsley's Magazine in 1885
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Compare to the electric boat from The Great Drought (1932) by S.P. Meek.

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