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"None of us, no matter what continent or island or ice cap, asked to be born in the first place, and that even somebody as old as I am, which is 80, only just got here."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Shuttle  
  A space craft that travels point to point in space.  

I didn't even know he was on that particular shuttle. It's just that, aside from the fact that I happen to be Senior Release officer on Curbstone, I like to meet the shuttles.
From Stars are Styx, by Theodore Sturgeon.
Published by Galaxy SF in 1950
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See also references to shuttle ship and Winged Rocket Shuttle from Heinlein's 1951 novel Between Planets and JAL shuttle from Gibson's 1984 novel Neuromancer.

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