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"[Science fiction] is the only kind of writing that allows you to look at the world we live in and change one piece at a time."
- Frederik Pohl

Interplanetary Passport  
  Required document for space travelers.  

Just wait until space travel becomes so frequent that control documents are necessary.

Over the crowd and flaring lights loomed the vast, cigarlike metal bulk, waiting in its cradle for the moment of its flaming leap into space.

Rab Crane, gripping his suitcase in one hand and interplanetary passport and ticket in the other, ran up the glassine-walled promenade deck...

From Murder in the Void, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1938
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Compare to the tri-type record required of all visitors to Iszm in Jack Vance's 1954 novel The Houses of Iszm.

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