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"In 1970 I found little difficulty staying 30 years ahead of the man in the street, and now I find it difficult to stay 18 months ahead of the man on the street."
- Vernor Vinge

City Ship  
  A generation ship, a spacecraft that carries a people to another star.  

Out in space, the corridors of the city-ships were empty, and the music was growing slow and faint. And on the planet below, the nova had set in the western sky at last.
From Star of Wonder, by Julian May.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1953
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Another phrase for a generation ship.

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