Date: 2019-02-08 03:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] petrea_mitchell
One thing I loved about Pandora's Star/Judas Unchained was the author's realization that, once you have convenient wormhole portal technology, there's no need for any of that tedious mucking about with spaceships at all, except for exploratory missions. One simply gets on a train, because the portals are conveniently set up at planetary surface level.

(At least that's the only instance I know of. I can name two other works using trains for interstellar travel: Galaxy Railways and Timothy Zahn's Quadrail series. But IIRC both of those require people to first get into space before using the trains.)

Date: 2019-02-08 04:31 pm (UTC)
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John De Chancie's Skyway books used interstellar truckers. It's another of the "abandoned alien artifact" stories.

Date: 2019-02-09 12:51 am (UTC)
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Michael G Coney had his The Celestial Steam Locomotive and Gods of the Greataway, which I can no longer remember anything about, except that they had Trains in Space.

How To Train Your Way To The Stars

Date: 2019-02-09 03:28 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Ben Aaronovitch's Doctor Who novel "Transit" features a version of London's subway network that has portals on major cities and planets and is reaching for Arcturus, which goes not entirely successfully. So, nearly interstellar.

I have a theory for the "Doctor Who" setting that whenever you change an event, especially in the past but maybe not always, all the other Doctor Who stories are liable to be invalidated, so that's one explanation for this space train network never appearing before or since, it got written out of history - another answer being that yet again humankind realised that their latest popular invention was terribly dangerous and they got rid of it. Like when the T-Mat teleport network was - well, that's another story; or, was.

Re: How To Train Your Way To The Stars

Date: 2019-02-13 03:57 am (UTC)
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Logically, for Whovian values of logical, there should be a route on the London Underground that runs chronologically, linking together different eras.

No doubt fares are complicated. Like, it can take an Oyster card only if loaded with pre-decimal currency...

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