So, right out of the gate, beginning of the second chapter, a drunk that Alex assaults says the following:
"What sort of a world is it at all? Men on the moon and men spinning round the earth like it might be midges round a lamp, and there's not no attention paid to earthly law nor order no more."
And shortly after, there's an exchange between Alex and Dim:
But poor old Dim kept looking up at the stars and planets and the Luna with his rot wide open like a kid who'd never viddied [seen] any such thing before, and he said: "What's on them, I wonder. What would be up there on things like that?"
I nudged him hard, saying: "Come, gloopy [stupid] bastard as thou art. Think thou not on them. There'll be life like down here most likely, with some getting knifed and others doing the knifing."
So, this and a handful of other references in the book imply that space travel became commonplace in the future, at least more than it was at the time of publishing. But in this exchange Alex takes it one step further and implies that there are active societies in space and that they're established enough to have petty street crime.
My question is: How literal was Alex being in this conversation?