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"We [science fiction writers] always wanted to believe in "private sector" space -- hucksters make better characters than a government does."
- Larry Niven

Sargasso of Space  
  A "dead area" in which the gravitational fields of the planets are cancelled out.  

"The dead area," Crain told them, "is a region of space ninety thousand miles across within Neptune's orbit, in which the ordinary gravitational attractions of the solar system are dead. This is because in that region the pulls of the sun and the outer planets exactly balance each other. Because of that, anything in the dead-area, will stay in there until time ends, unless it has power of its own. Many wrecked space-ships have drifted into it at one time or another, none ever emerging; and it's believed that there is a great mass of wrecks somewhere in the area, drawn and held together by mutual attraction."
From The Sargasso of Space, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Astounding Stories in 1931
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This is a popular idea; see also the Sargasso Asteroid from Alfred Bester's award-winning 1956 novel The Stars My Destination.

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