an established route through space; usu. in pl. spaceways space as an area in which people travel; cf. planet v.
He heard the gossip of the spaceways, news from a dozen planets of a thousand different events; he heard the latest joke about the Venusian Emperor and the latest report on the Chino-Aryan war and the latest song hot from the lips of Rose Robertson, whom every man on the civilized planets adored as ‘the Georgia Rose’.
For this was Gerry Carlyle, most famous Earth-woman in the System, admired and beloved by millions for her exploits along the spaceways.
Out in the Solar System, the Mercurians, first intelligent race, built an empire, only a memory now in the minds of 128 survivors. The Martians rose next, building their strange pyramids on the planets. They are gone, and now man goes forth to conquer the space-ways.
It was a hundred years before the last of the run-away derelicts…was picked up by other space-ships which then still roved the space-ways.
We got to keep them drooling over what is going to happen next to sloe-eyed Annie, queen of the far-flung space[-]ways.
C3PO & R2D2 BELT BUCKLE The dynamic duo of the space ways.
This is our final night. In a few hours we'll be heading home across the spaceways. When we travel to Saturn we don’t go round the sun, we just go straight through it.
C. L. Moore 'Shambleau'
Earliest cite in the OED: 1947.
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