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"Cyberspace is a metaphor that allows us to grasp this place where since about the time of the second world war we've increasingly done so many of the things that we think of as civilization."
- William Gibson

Groundling  
  A person who does not fly, especially into space.  

Once a quick jerk of Dick's hand swerved it out of the path of a lumbering freight conveyor. The vivid curses of the operator came thinly through the tumult of the port, to be ignored by the plane pilot. The objurgations of this groundling were beneath the notice of a flier.
From Exiles of the Moon, by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat).
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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Compare to Robert Heinlein's similar term groundhog, from Waldo (1942).

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