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"I do think there is a link in that in both cases, writing fiction or writing a computer program, at any given moment you're focusing on a very specific and particular thing—one word, one line of code, whatever."
- Neal Stephenson

Spacegram  
  Telegrams of the space lanes.  

When the railroads opened the American West, telegraph lines went right along. So, when opening the space lanes...

Simeon Kenton, of Kenton Space Enterprises, Unlimited, was in a terrible temper... His mildly whiskered saint's visage was screwed up into unutterable knots. In his tight-clutched fingers was a blue spacegram which he shook violently at his daughter at each choking pause in his peroration...

Old Simeon glared at her and waved the offending spacegram so violently it ripped in his fingers.

From Jurisdiction, by Nat Schachner.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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