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"It was my preferred entertainment when I was a kid, so when I set out to be a writer, it was perfectly natural that I should write the sort of stories that I used to enjoy reading."
- John Brunner

Rocket Cruiser  
  A privately owned space ship.  

At the last moment, John Brennan had decided against using his own swift rocket cruiser, the mark of a prodigiously wealthy owner. It would get him more quickly and pleasantly to Ceres, but it would also attract notice.
From The Worlds of Tomorrow, by Manly Wade Wellman.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1940
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Compare to the joy-boat junior from Methuselah's Children, by Robert Heinlein, published in 1941.

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