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"The primary attraction [of writing sf] is the sheer pleasure of creating something from whole cloth."
- Dan Simmons

Space Cadet  
  A young person training to be a spaceman.  

As far as I know, the phrase "space cadet" appears only in the novel's title.

Title only.
From Space Cadet, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Scribner's Sons in 1948
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The word appears in the actual story in Mr. Zytztz Goes To Mars, by Noel Loomis, in the August, 1948 issue of Thrilling Wonder Stories:

Mr. Zytztz, however, is one of several score of plant men, the only form of life discovered on Mars when the first expedition gets there. He is befriended by a young Space Cadet, Healey, and the attachment between these two utterly different forms of life with utterly different origins, becomes ultimately one of the epics of early space travel.

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