"[Science fiction] has become big business, where books are merchandised and promoted and distributed and placed on sale like slabs of bacon or cans of soup."
This is an early reference to the idea of a non-interference directive, or as it is called in the Star Trek universe, the Prime Directive.
Compare to the law on Relations with Extraterrestrial Life from Ogre (1944) by Clifford Simak, which provides an earlier reference. See also the entry for Prime Directive from With Folded Hands (1947) by Jack Williamson, although Williamson's (first use!) phrase does not quite have the modern meaning.
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