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"As the rate of technological development speeds up, the gap between science fiction and what we’re living now is getting narrower all the time."
- Richard Morgan

Groundling  
  A person who does not fly, especially into space.  

Once a quick jerk of Dick's hand swerved it out of the path of a lumbering freight conveyor. The vivid curses of the operator came thinly through the tumult of the port, to be ignored by the plane pilot. The objurgations of this groundling were beneath the notice of a flier.
Technovelgy from Exiles of the Moon, by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat).
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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Compare to Robert Heinlein's similar term groundhog, from Waldo (1942).

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