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"We'd have most of what we predicted of the conquest of space, if we hadn't ignored parasite control."
- Larry Niven

Spaceways  
  A set route though space.  

This is probably the first use of this term.

He heard the gossip of the spaceways, news from a dozen planets of a thousand different events; he heard the latest joke about the Venusian Emperor and the latest report on the Chino-Aryan war and the latest song hot from the lips of Rose Robertson, whom every man on the civilized planets adored as ‘the Georgia Rose’.
Technovelgy from Shambleau, by C.L. Moore.
Published by Weird Tales in 1933
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This helpful word found itself into many breezy statements about space. For example, this usage in The Impossible World (1939) by Eando Binder:

Shelton was shaking his head. It always hurt to hear of brave men meeting doom out in the spaceways — young, spirited men who had much to live for. Some of them were important, too; scientists, technicians. Now they were martyrs to mankind’s steady march toward complete dominion of the Solar System.

Here's another example from Jurisdiction (1941), by Nat Schachner:

The Erebus was the luxury liner of the spaceways.

From Sunward Flight (1943) by Leo Zagat:

...more than one rocketeer has been known to crack up, mentally, on the spaceways. The grueling flights through blackness are murderous.

From The Cavern of the Shining Pool (1943) by Leo Zagat:

...they had leaped to send warning of the one unconquered menace that harried the spaceways. An ether eddy!

From Contagion (1950) by Katherine MacLean:

Therefore spaceways and interplanetary health law demanded that ship equipment for guarding against disease be totally mechanical in operation, rapid and efficient.

Compare to the space-lanes from Crashing Suns, the 1928 classic by Edmond Hamilton.

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