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"I can remember when the first pulsars were discovered. I was able to go and sit down and listen to graduate students talking about what their theories, to explain what pulsars really were."
- Vernor Vinge

Commute Ship  
  Spacecraft used for traversing daily grind between Earth and the planet you work on.  

Over time, the magic of space travel wears off.

Commute ships roared on all sides, as Ed Morris made his way wearliy home to Earth at the end of a long hard day at the office. The Ganymede-Terra lanes were choked with exhausted, grim-faced businessmen; Jupiter was in opposition to Earth and the trip was a good two hours. Every few million miles the great flow slowed to a grinding, agonized halt; signal-lights flashed as streams from Mars and Saturn fed into the main traffic-arteries.

"Lord," Morris muttered. "How tired can you get?" He locked the autopilot and momentarily turned from the control-board to light a much-needed cigarette... Nerve-wracking driving, honking horns and irate drivers zooming past his little ship, furious, gesturing, shouting, cursing...

From Sales Pitch, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Future Science Fiction Magazine in 1954
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