spaceline n.

a company that offers passenger space flights, esp. on a regular route; such a route itself

  • 1930 J. W. Campbell Black Star Passes in Amazing Stories Quarterly Fall 499/1 page image John W. Campbell, Jr. bibliography

    The bonds of friendship between the two planets had grown swiftly in those three years, and they were already linked by many regular space lines. These ships made the trips as frequently as the relative positions of the planets permitted.

  • 1946 G. O. Smith Impossible Pirate in Astounding Science Fiction Dec. 63/2 page image George O. Smith bibliography

    The skipper had treated them with stories of his own and had explained that it had been the original intention to serve the dinner during the turnover, but all pilots were not as capable as the one they had now, and the turnover had been known to be rough at times—and no space line liked to have the job of removing spilled soup from fifty evening gowns, let alone the bad publicity.

  • 1950 L. S. de Camp Hand of Zei in Astounding Science Fiction Oct. 60/2 L. Sprague de Camp

    For the following reasons: Item, ere we Sha'akhfi be allowed on Earth or the Earthly space line, must we pledge ourselves the use of this small talent to forswear. And since our own space line runs not hitherward nigher than Epsilon Eridani, to visit the Cetic planets must we of the Procyonic group to this pledge subject ourselves.

  • 1950 L. S. de Camp Git Along! in Astounding Science Fiction Aug. 71/2 L. Sprague de Camp

    For the Osirian space-line did not run ships beyond Sol in that direction, and even the Viagens Interplanetarias did not run direct service from the Procyon-Sirius group to the Centaurine group.

  • 1952 C. M. Kornbluth Goodly Creatures in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Dec. 81 C. M. Kornbluth

    Farwell snorted and poured himself a drink before he buckled down to planning a series of releases for the International Spacemen’s Union. The space lines, longing for the old open-shop days, were sniping at the I.S.U. wherever they found an opening.

  • 1953 E. F. Russell It's In Blood in Fantastic Universe June–July 175/1 Eric Frank Russell

    She would be so happy and proud at having given the space-lines another Fanshaw.

  • 1980 G. K. O'Neill Space Stud. Institute in O. Davis Omni Book of Space 64

    I hope we'll get some spacelines out of this.

Research requirements

antedating 1930

Earliest cite

John W. Campbell, Jr., 'The Black Star Passes'

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1959 reprint of Robert Silverberg's "The Planet Killers" (originally published in 1957 as "This World Must Die!").
Mike Christie submitted a 1946 cite from B. I. Kahn's "For the Public".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1930 cite from John W. Campbell, Jr.'s "The Black Star Passes".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from L. Sprague de Camp's 'Git Along!'
Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from Eric Frank Russell's "It's In the Blood".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from L. Sprague de Camp's "The Hand of Zei".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from C.M. Kornbluth's "The Goodly Creatures".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Emmett McDowell's "Beyond the Yellow Fog".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from H. B. Fyfe's "Fast Passage".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from Gordon Dewey's "Hoiman and the Solar Circuit".

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