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"I kind of take it for granted that our great-grandchildren will regard us as a sort of precursor species. That they won't think of us as human and if we could see them, we probably wouldn't think of them as human either."
- William Gibson

Private Space Cruiser  
  A fully space-worthy ship under private ownership.  

This is a very early reference to the idea that private individuals (rather than just governments) could own space-going vessels.

...Private pleasure-boats were numerous, too, mostly affairs of gleaming white, and most of these were apparently bound for the annual Jupiter-Mars space-races.
From Crashing Suns, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Popular Fiction Publishing Co. in 1928
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Robert Heinlein wrote about a Joy-Boat Junior, a commercially produced suborbital spacecraft, in his 1941 novel Methuselah's Children. In the same novel, he also discusses privately owned spacecraft capable of interplanetary trips.

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