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"We were essentially being shell-shocked by rapid change. That was one of the things you needed science-fiction writers for back in the Sixties, because we could cope with the future."
- Peter Watts

Space Dock  
  Like a port for spacecraft; they can deliver their passengers and cargo.  

This is the earliest use of the phrase as far as I know.

Legends of great feats, travels, ’toid monsters, fabulous clusters of precious metals. One of them was the fable of a diamond ’toid, one solid mass of that valuable mineral five feet across. No one had ever towed it in. however. Old Pete, haunter of the Titan space docks, claimed to have spotted it on his last trip out.
Technovelgy from Diamond Planetoid, by Gordon A. Giles.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1937
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Raymond Z. Gallun uses the same expression in his 1938 story Hotel Cosmos:

He listened now, to low, ticking messages, presented in intricate code, as he walked on through the quiet Martian section of the hotel.

“Space Liner Ardis coming in from Planet Five of Antares. Landing at 10:19 p.m. in fourth cradle of Civic Space Docks. 4-2-5 on board! 4-2-5 on board! Caution! Caution! This is Holman signalling. Attention, Ledack!"

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