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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

City Ship  
  A generation ship, a spacecraft that carries a people to another star.  

Out in space, the corridors of the city-ships were empty, and the music was growing slow and faint. And on the planet below, the nova had set in the western sky at last.
From Star of Wonder, by Julian May.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1953
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Another phrase for a generation ship.

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