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"Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything. We can't talk about science, because our knowledge of it is limited and unofficial, and usually our fiction is dreadful."
- Philip K. Dick

Space-Sailor  
  A spaceman; someone who makes his living by voyaging in space.  

"I'll be up in a minute, Rod, but dont ask Connor. He looks a little space-sick."

"Space-sick your eye! a wrathful voice answered. "If you were just half the space-sailor I am, youd-

"Cut it and come up here! March ordered impatiently. "Cant you two let up on this scrapping for a few minutes?"

There was silence for a few moments, and then the two climbed up into the broad-windowed little pilot room in which March sat at the controls of the cruiser as it raced through the void.

From The Star-Roamers, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Weird Tales in 1933
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Hamilton uses it again in The World With A Thousand Moons:

"I didn't know you'd been a space-sailor all that time," the heiress said wonderingly. "I thought you said you were a meteor-miner."

Kenniston woke up to the fact that he had made a bad slip. He hastily covered up. "You have to be a good bit of a space-sailor to be a meteor-miner, Miss Loring. You have to cover a lot of territory."

Eric Frank Russell, writing as Maurice Hugi, used it in his 1934 story The Mines of Haldane:

Its Weatherby, sir. Hes ill," one of the crew called out.

Jansen and the doctor turned to the space sailor, who was standing against the rock wall.

Compare to astronaut from The Death's Head Meteor (1930) by Neil R. Jones, space pirate from Evans of the Earth-Guard (1930) by Edmond Hamilton, astrogator from The Conquest of Space (1931) by David Lasser, space men from Revolt of the Star Men (1932) by Raymond Z. Gallun, spacedog from A Question of Salvage (1939) by Malcolm Jameson, space marines from Misfit (1939) by Robert Heinlein and space cadet from Sunward Flight (1943) by Leo Zagat.

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