SciFiQuest 3020: Foresight is 3020
To call them aerodynamic is the same as describing fine wine as "tasty" - a crude simplification of something beautiful. They had a number at the time of production- LAT- 444, but now everyone just calls them pods. They are shiny metallic hover crafts that are used for low altitude transport; so sleek they appear seamless. They can't fly above 5,000 feet and are mostly used for trips to and from cities- or to and from launching stations. But they are a beauty and I haven't seen enough of them to be jaded yet. To ride in them is to experience a dream- they make almost no sound- just a soft hushing noise. They rise and descend so gradually often the pilot has to warn you about impact-"here we go"- they say and then there you are. On the ground again, with mortals.
My grandfather says he remembers working at ritzy hotel when he was a kid "200 a night" he says, and I smile and don't comment on how small a number that sounds now. "I worked valet parking and I remember the first time I had to park a Maserati, I almost wet my pants. But what a car- what a machine- I felt like I was in a Jet- leather seats- cherry wood paneling, everything fit perfectly together. After that- every other car felt like a trash can."
"Is it like that", he asked? I smile and say yeah, it's like that.