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spin-stop: A stop on a non-axial habitat (or occasionally starship) internal transit line for access to a spin gravity area. While in many cases the most convenient way to allow access to a gravity wheel or rotating segment within an otherwise non-rotating habitat is an axial transit line (or, in small examples, floatway), this is not universally the case. In such examples, the spin-stop, a loop of track parallel to the spin section, serves to provide access. As the name suggests, rather than the train or transpod stopping at the station, as it would elsewhere, it simply comes to a…

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I was thinking of Ceres in The Expanse with this one. Sure, there are lots of technical difficulties involved with trying to spin up an asteroid, but at least you don’t have to worry about being trapped between subway car and gravity wheel for a 40 mph grating…

Another result of the eldraeic ethos of “we put the damn warning signs there for a reason,” I suppose. The hazard reminds me of a paternoster, as well.

Yeah, there is a certain “Seriously, we put up signs, we made an announcement, at what point did this fail to become clear to you?” about it.

…now I have paternostalgia.