What baffles me in old SF (and even some more recent stuff) is cigarette smoking in spaceships. It's a *fire* in a high-oxygen, flammable materials, enclosed environment. Many of these writers had been in WWII, they must have known about "no smoking or you get blown up" areas.

And then it's polluting a closed atmosphere. Which, these fuckers also smoked on airplanes all my yout'. I did occasionally smoke, but never on a plane.

Resolved: Smokers should be thrown out the airlock.

@mdhughes "I'm so happy to be in space I could blow myself up. Oh wait, I just did..."

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