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"Bureaucracies hide their mistakes, because people's careers are tied to those mistakes. Therefore, bureaucracies are a perfect mechanism for perpetuating mistakes."
- Frank Herbert

Star Base  
  An installation or station at an important interstellar location.  

Star Base X! The thought thundered in Dawson's mind. Just as Base X, in Labrador, served the needs of the plane communication between the United States and England, this Ahrned base aided them in their communication between the stars. That was why it was here, hidden away in this northland. It was a base facilitating star flight.
Technovelgy from Star Base X, by R.M. Williams.
Published by Amazing in 1944
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Very early use of the term "star base," which has since enjoyed great popularity.

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