the act of travelling in space; (also) the profession of working in space
Earth was in a very peculiar situation. Only a century ago it had begun really intensive spacing, with freight-exchanges and mining.
He was a laconic old soul who loved spacing only a jot better than he loved Martian alky.
Alice was breathing a silent prayer to Commodore Wilson that he make it a quick run. She was sick and tired of spacing already.
There would be no spacing for the twin left behind, not even inside the Solar System…and I had never even been to the Moon.
In this spacious catacomb many types of transportation devices were manufactured, covering all needs that the transmat could not meet: ocean-crawlers, sliders for surface travel, stratospheric gliders, heavy-duty powerhaulers, immersion modules for use on high-pressure worlds, ion-drive systemships for short-hop spacing, interstellar probes, gravity boxes, skydivers, minirailers, sunscoops.
If you've ever a mind to learn spacing, my ship, the Umbra, is listed in all the registries.
What I told you about the family firm was true, as far as I went. I've always been more interested in spacing than in building another Terran empire.
‘May I ask you a personal question? You were friendly with several of the crew of the Dragon’s Egg, were you not?’ ‘Still am,’ Beth admitted with a frown, wondering where this question was coming from. ‘Spacing’s a small world; everybody knows everybody else. And Nyota Domonique and I were roomies at the academy, if that’s your question.’
He has created a vast invisible network, like a cancer working through the Imperium—he owns the largest spacing fleet, the only one with access to Navigators for safe transport.
C. M. Kornbluth, "Crisis!"
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