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Automated Space Factories  
  Manufacturing based in space.  

Tessier-Ashpool ascended to high orbit's archipelago to find the ecliptic sparsely marked with military stations and the first automated factories of the cartels.
From Mona Lisa Overdrive, by William Gibson.
Published by Bantam in 1988
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Compare to the orbiting factories (1978) from The Fountains of Paradise, by Arthur C. Clarke.

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