space lane n.

an established route through space

  • 1932 N. R. Jones Spacewrecked on Venus in Wonder Stories Quarterly Winter 264/1 page image Neil R. Jones bibliography

    No longer would fliers of the space lanes fear them. But there were other outlaws.

  • 1938 C. Jacobi Cosmic Teletype in Thrilling Wonder Stories Oct. 38/2

    It is believed Tarana arrived secretly on Lirius on a space ship, travelling out of patrolled space-lanes.

  • 1941 I. Asimov Not Final! in Astounding Science-Fiction Oct. 60/1 Isaac Asimov

    We're way off the regular space lanes. The first the System will know of us will be the landing of the Transparent on Ganymede.

  • 1953 A. Norton Last Planet 186 Andre Norton

    Maybe there has been a rebellion in this sector. The winner may be systematically mopping up all Patrol bases. That would leave him free to rule the space lanes as he pleases.

  • 1992 P. David Imzadi ii. 14

    There was nothing desirable about Starbase 86. It was far removed from the more frequently traveled space lanes.

  • 2001 J. A. Gardner Ascending x. 109

    One more ship must have been dispatched hours behind its companions, on its way from New Earth to my planet. Since Starbiter was headed for New Earth now, we must be traveling in the same space lane.

Research requirements

antedating 1932

Earliest cite

Neil R. Jones, Spacewrecked on Venus

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1938 cite from Carl Jacobi's "Cosmic Teletype".
Enoch Forrester submitted a 1939 cite from Malcolm Jameson's "A Question of Salvage".
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1934 cite from a letter to "Wonder Stories" by Henry Roshier.
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Andre Norton's 1953 "The Last Planet", which Mike Christie verified in a 1955 reprint.
Douglas Winston submitted a 1996 cite for "space lane" from Bill Baldwin's "The Defiance".
Douglas Winston submitted a 2001 cite from James Alan Gardner's "Ascending".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1951 reprint of Isaac Asimov's "Not Final", which Mike Christie verified in its 1941 first publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1960s reprint of Edmond Hamilton's "Crashing Suns"; we would like to verify this in its first publication (Weird Tales, Aug-Sep 1928)
Fred Galvin submitted a 1932 cite from "Spacewrecked on Venus" by Neil R. Jones

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