"If you don't care about science enough to be interested in it on its own, you shouldn't try to write hard science fiction."
Early reference to the asteroid prison idea.
Compare to the asteroid prison from One Against the Legion (1939) by Jack Williamson, the Moon as prison from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966) by Robert Heinlein, zero-time jail from A World Out of Time (1976) by Larry Niven, Brainlock from Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988) by William Gibson and the orbital penal colony from Tekwar (1989) by William Shatner.
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