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"Generally, the human race avoids doing anything radical until forced into it."
- Frederik Pohl

Pocket-Planet  
  An asteroid.  

An early use of this term in science fiction.

And he would fall with the same near-weightlessness, would fairly drift through the airless void that surrounded this pocket-planet.
From The Duel on the Asteroid, by P. Schuyler  Miller (w/D. McDermott).
Published by Wonder Stories in 1932
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This term was used to describe the moons of Mars in the 1880's, in various scientific papers. It was used to describe the Earth in spiritual literature of the 1840's.

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