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"I just can't be politic. I never learned how to do that and I don't like doing that. I think it's false."
- Harlan Ellison

Starways  
  The well-traveled paths from star to star.  

For more than a decade now no Nomad ship had dared to roam the starways. Yet here was one, coming mysteriously so that no telescopic warning of its nearness to the Moon had been given...
From Blood of the Moon, by Ray Cummings.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1936
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This is a variant on expressions like space-lanes from Edmond Hamilton's 1928 novel Crashing Suns.

Also, compare to hyperspace concepts like tramlines from Niven and Pournelle's 1974 classic Mote in God's Eye. Jules Verne, in his 1867 novel From the Earth to the Moon, was the first person to describe a free return trajectory, which is a scientifically accurate "path in space".

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