Full record for space yacht n.

Definition A small spaceship for personal use.
OED requirements antedating 1934
Earliest cite 'Don A. Stuart' (John W. Campbell), 'Twilight'
Comment Ralf Brown located a cite in an electronic text of Alan Dean Foster's 1973 "Bloodhype", and David Dyer-Bennet verified it in a paper copy.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from H. Beam Piper's "Last Enemy".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite from Murray Leinster's "Planet of Sand".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1957 reprint of Robert A. Heinlein's 1956 "Double Star"; Mike Christie verified it in the first publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1941 cite from J. Harvey Haggard's "Derelicts of Uranus".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a reprint of A.E. van Vogt's "Vault of the Beast"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1940 first appearance.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1971 reprint of "Twilight" by John W. Campbell Jr, which Mike Christie verified this in its first publication (Astounding Stories, November 1934, as by Don A. Stuart)
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Citations for space yacht n.

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1934 ‘D. Stuart’ Twilight in Astounding Stories Nov. 52/1 Three ships. One must have been fifty feet long and fifteen in diameter. It was a yacht, a space yacht, probably.
1940 Astounding Sci.-Fiction Aug. 60/1 He has commanded his own space yacht; he knows more about the mathematical end of the work than our whole staff put together; and that is no reflection on our staff. He knows the hardships connected with space flying, and believes that it is exactly what he needs.
1950 Astounding Sci. Fiction Aug. 56/2 Brarnend of Zorda has a private space yacht; he'll get us to Venus.
1956 R. A. Heinlein Double Star in Astounding Sci. Fiction Mar. 118/1 It was just the amount of audience I wanted, enough to tie it down solid that ‘Mr. Bonforte’ had arrived by official car and had left for his space yacht.