The human beings were no longer aboard; the little lifeboat that was Skylark Two was no longer in her spherical berth.
They said that spaceships should no more take off without chem supers than they should without lifeboats. The fact that no one within the memory of living man had ever used a lifeboat for anything but joy-riding didn’t faze them.
We have to go through the hold to the lifeboat.
The surcharge of energy delivered in the ruthless attack had reached and crippled his lifeboat. In grim desperation he went into emergency drive. As the lifeboat drifted sluggishly he saw that all firing had ceased and that the Gerex ships were returning across space to their base. The lifeboat spiraled slowly down toward the planet.
Do you think the shuttles and lifeboats will operate, Moorea?
No mere lifeboat could possibly sustain a biosphere across years of interstellar flight, so the size of Harmony’s crew had been set by the suspended-animation capacity of its lifeboats.
E. E. Smith, 'The Skylark of Valeron'
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