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"At its best, SF is the medium in which our miserable certainty that tomorrow will be different from today in ways we can't predict, can be transmuted to a sense of excitement and anticipation, occasionally evolving into awe."
- John Brunner

Rocket Liner  
  A rocket designed for point-to-point Earth journeys; it goes well into the stratosphere.  

The rocket liner was functioning beautifully. Built to withstand the cold and rarity of the stratosphere, it was taking this tremendous journey into space with perfection... it held true to its course like an arro in flight, pointing steadily on its course.
From Exiles of the Moon, by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat).
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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Compare to the JAL Shuttle from Neuromancer (1984) by William Gibson, the space-liner from Twelve Hours To Live (1931) by Jack Williamson.

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