Full record for spaceline n.

Definition a fleet of spaceships that travel regular routes between planets or solar systems
OED requirements antedating 1930
Earliest cite John W. Campbell, Jr., 'The Black Star Passes'
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1959 reprint of Robert Silverberg's "The Planet Killers" (originally published in 1957 as "This World Must Die!"). Mike Christie submitted a 1946 cite from B. I. Kahn's "For the Public". Fred Galvin submitted a 1930 cite from John W. Campbell, Jr.'s "The Black Star Passes". Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from L. Sprague de Camp's 'Git Along!' Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from Eric Frank Russell's "It's In the Blood". Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from L. Sprague de Camp's "The Hand of Zei". Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from C.M. Kornbluth's "The Goodly Creatures". Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Emmett McDowell's "Beyond the Yellow Fog". Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from H. B. Fyfe's "Fast Passage". Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from Gordon Dewey's "Hoiman and the Solar Circuit".
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Citations for spaceline n.

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1946 G. O. Smith Impossible Pirate in Astounding Sci. Fiction Dec. 63/2 The skipper had treated them with stories of his own and had explained that it had been the original intention to serve the dinner during the turnover, but all pilots were not as capable as the one they had now, and the turnover had been known to be rough at times—and no space line liked to have the job of removing spilled soup from fifty evening gowns, let alone the bad publicity.
1950 L. S. de Camp Hand of Zei in Astounding Sci. Fiction Oct. 60/2 For the following reasons: Item, ere we Sha'akhfi be allowed on Earth or the Earthly space line, must we pledge ourselves the use of this small talent to forswear. And since our own space line runs not hitherward nigher than Epsilon Eridani, to visit the Cetic planets must we of the Procyonic group to this pledge subject ourselves.
1950 L. S. de Camp Git Along! in Astounding Sci. Fiction Aug. 71/2 For the Osirian space-line did not run ships beyond Sol in that direction, and even the Viagens Interplanetarias did not run direct service from the Procyon-Sirius group to the Centaurine group.
1952 C. M. Kornbluth Goodly Creatures in Mag. Fantasy & Sci. Fiction Dec. 81 Farwell snorted and poured himself a drink before he buckled down to planning a series of releases for the International Spacemen's Union. The space lines, longing for the old open-shop days, were sniping at the I.S.U. wherever they found an opening.
1953 E. F. Russell It's In Blood in Fantastic Universe June–July 175/1 She would be so happy and proud at having given the space-lines another Fanshaw.
1980 G. K. O'Neill Space Stud. Institute in O. Davis Omni Bk. of Space 64, I hope we'll get some spacelines out of this.