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"Why does a creative person create? It's a type of compulsion. I like to explore new ideas."
- Bart Kosko

Deflector  
  A means of pushing aside asteroids that get in the path of your space ship.  

Very early use of this term.

By evening Chick and Flynn were firm friends; they were talking about reaction-motors, meteorite deflectors, three-dimensional sextants, and such things with a fondness that only the two of them felt.
From On Board the Martian Liner, by Miles J. Breuer.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1931
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Another early quote, this one from Murray Leinster's The Ethical Equations (1945):

The blasters are those ravening beams of destruction which take care of recalcitrant meteorites in a spaceship's course when the deflectors can't handle them.

Compare to the deflector shields in George Lucas' Star Wars. Also, compare to the idea of a meteor-spotting radar from George O. Smith's 1943 short story Recoil.

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