"did I had an extremely expensive wife - she would see a new car that she liked and just buy it... under California law I was bound to buy her debts. I think I turned out 16 novels in five years."
Very early (if not the first) use of this poetic and useful phrase. I should add that "deep space" sometimes refers to space far from one's home planet in stories that do not make use of the idea of faster-than-light (FTL) travel.
Fans of sf great Alfred Bester know that he used this phrase to great effect in this poem in his award-winning 1956 novel The Stars My Destination:
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