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"it slowly dawned on me that the landscape of science is maybe what interests people a great deal in science fiction."
- Gregory Benford

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.
Technovelgy 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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