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"There's a tendency to think that maybe if we can just throw enough hardware at the AI problem, then evolution can take care of the rest. Certainly that's how God went about making us."
- Rudy Rucker

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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