"It's hard to tell stories about critters that are not human. John W. Campbell tried it, in "Twilight," and everybody says it's a wonderful story, and nobody ever reads it twice."
This is an unusual idea, deriving from the flat planks that comprise a typical gangway from a ship to dock on Earth. The word "gangway" is quite old, from Old English, and derives from "gang" in its original sense as "a going, journey, way, passage".
Compare to the space tunnel from The Man Who Bought Mars (1941) by Polton Cross.
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