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"Science fiction is what scientists would do if they could - if they had enough grant money, enough time, and enough brains to do the wonderful things they would like to do."
- Greg Bear

Pocket Dome  
  Handy easy-to-set-up shelter.  

Nothing like a handy, easy to set-up shelter.

They set up the pocket dome in the courtyard, at the far end, away from the graves. It was simple enough, just a matter of pulling the trigger and watching it inflate itself, and then connecting water and air tanks, installing power cells, and turning it on. Unlike the e-suits, it couldn't subsist on vacuum energy alone, but required a direct power source.
From Chindi, by Jack McDevitt.
Published by Ace Books in 2002
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Take a look at the original (from the standpoint of space technology) - the Igloo Inflatable Moon Habitat from Arthur C. Clarke's 1961 story A Fall of Moondust.

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