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"[Science fiction is] nightmares and visions, always outlined by the barely possible."
- Gregory Benford

Asteroid Prison  
  A jail is the sole occupant of an asteroid.  

But that was commuted by Commander Kalam, the day he embarked on the great research expedition to the green comet, to life imprisonment at hard labor in the legion prison at Ebron - the asteroid called "Devil's Rock".
From One Against The Legion, by Jack Williamson.
Published by Astounding in 1939
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Compare to the orbiting penal colony from Tekwar (1989) by William Shatner.

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