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"I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled 'Science Fiction' and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Meteor Warning System  
  A system that provided rockets in flight with early warning of meteors.  

This is an early idea to work with a problem that is a concern today to space scientists. Not so much meteors, but other junk in orbit around Earth.

Rockets to the number of a hundred were under construction, embodying all the lessons Drake's disastrous expedition had learned. Instruments, to give warning of meteor swarms by means of magnetic fields projected ahead, were devised.
From A Conquest of Two Worlds, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Wonder Stories in 1932
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Obviously, this method depends on high ferrous metal (or other magnetic metal) content of incoming meteors. Unfortunately, not all meteors have a high metal content.

Technically, "meteor" refers more to the streak of light seen at night when a solid, natural body streaks into the atmosphere. The object itself is called a meteoroid; any part that survives to reach the ground is called a meteorite. When a bright meteor is seen to explode, it is called a bolide.

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