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"Bureaucracies hide their mistakes, because people's careers are tied to those mistakes. Therefore, bureaucracies are a perfect mechanism for perpetuating mistakes."
- Frank Herbert

Singleship  
  A spacecraft designed for use by one person.  

"It's a small room," Ordaz said, "but not too small. Millions of people live this way. In any case, a Belter would hardly be a claustrophobe."

"No. Owen flew a singleship before he joined us. Three months at a stretch in a cabin so small, you couldn't stand up with the air lock closed..."

From Death by Ecstasy, by Larry Niven.
Published by Galaxy Magazine in 1969
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What would a man do with a singleship?

When Owen Dennison joined us, he replaced a man who had finally earned his singleship license and couldn't wait to start hunting rocks on his own."

Compare to Space Bubble from The Planet Strappers (1961) by Raymond Z. Gallun and the cylinder space suit from Islands of the Sky (1952) by Arthur C. Clarke.

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