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"The SF approach: an awareness that things could have been different, that this is one of many possible worlds, that if you came to this world from some other planet, this would be a science fiction world."
- Neal Stephenson

Interplanetary Union Of Spacemen  
  An organized union of people who work in space.  

This is an early reference to this idea - anybody know an earlier one?

As space became less of a thing unknown, and law and order took the place of the old scramble for new worlds, however, codes were established, spheres delimited and space law came into being. He grumbled constantly of the good old days, when men were men and not members of the Interplanetary Union of Spacemen, Blasters, Rocket Engineers, Wreckers and Cargo Handlers, Local No. 176.
From Old Fireball, by Nat Schachner.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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