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"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
- Jerry Pournelle

Space Rush  
  The Outer Space equivalent of the gold rush.  

"The regular asteroid lanes are pretty well covered by now," explained Kerry. "Even bits of debris not more than a few yards in diameter are staked out, filed and exploited."

The first space rush is over. The original prospectors are drinking away their gains or they're dead; the big outfits moved in and took them over and put exploration on a systematic, fine-comb basis.

From Jurisdiction, by Nat Schachner.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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