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"I don't know why I write science fiction. The voices in my head told me to!"
- Charles Stross

Space-Liner  
  A passenger ship in space.  

This is probably the first use of the phrase "space-liner".

For three days, Captain Grant had kept his great space-liner, with her rich cargo of uranium salts from the mines on the outer satellite of Neptune and her hundreds of passengers, ahead of the questing disintegrator rays of the Black Hawk only by burning his full battery of reaction-motors at their maximum power.
From Twelve Hours To Live, by Jack Williamson.
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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Compare to space liner from John W. Campbell's 1932 story Electronic Siege and the heighliners from Frank Herbert's 1965 novel Dune. For an experience, read the article on hyperspace jump in a large, comfortable Imperial passenger ship from Isaac Asimov's 1951 novel Foundation.

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