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"[Science fiction is] nightmares and visions, always outlined by the barely possible."
- Gregory Benford

Asteroid Claim Law  
  The legal steps required in claiming an asteroid  

Now that we're going out and landing on asteroids, we might as well start getting the space laws established.

The law of filing on newly discovered asteroids was definite. Two steps were required. First, setting up the proper monuments on the asteroid. Second, filing the requisite affidavits in the Claims Office of Jurisdiction.

Four metal stakes were driven deep into the stone... Then a photograving of claim to title was etched deep within the area bounded by the stakes.

From Jurisdiction, by Nat Schachner.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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Compare to asteroid mining from Edison's Conquest of Mars (1898) by Garrett P. Serviss, asteroid mining (blasting) from Asteroid of Gold (1932) by Clifford Simak, the meteor miner from Salvage in Space (1933) by Jack Williamson, space placers from The Day We Celebrate (1941) by Nelson S. Bond, the asteroid mining robot from Catch That Rabbit (1944) by Isaac Asimov, the asteroid mine from Love Among the Robots (1946) by Emmett McDowell, and asteroid metal from The Mechanical Monarch (1958) by E.C. Tubb.

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