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"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
- Frederik Pohl

Rocket Cruiser  
  A privately owned space ship.  

At the last moment, John Brennan had decided against using his own swift rocket cruiser, the mark of a prodigiously wealthy owner. It would get him more quickly and pleasantly to Ceres, but it would also attract notice.
From The Worlds of Tomorrow, by Manly Wade Wellman.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1940
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Compare to the joy-boat junior from Methuselah's Children, by Robert Heinlein, published in 1941.

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