Gather Ye Moonrocks While Ye May

NASA is offering cash money to companies that will dig up a little bit of the moon and transfer title and location to NASA:

This makes science fiction fans squirm a bit on their couches, since we remember sarcastic commentary on this idea from writers like Alfred Bester, who described harvesting Saturn's rings as building aggregate - see harvesting Saturn's rings from The Computer Connection (1974).

Nelson S. Bond wrote about the same thing a generation earlier; see space placers from The Day We Celebrate (1941).

Science fiction writers have long haggled over property rights in space as well; see asteroid claim law from Jurisdiction (1941) by Nat Schachner.

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