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"I forged a concept which is relatively simple and possibly unique in theology, and that is, the irrational is the primordial stratum of the universe."
- Philip K. Dick

Skydozer  
  Small spacecraft used to remove orbital debris.  

Marge’s brother, Danny, had been flying a Skydozer, towing space junk and dead satellites out of equatorial orbit to clear a path for the Moravec. He’d been blown up by a booby trap in a dormant spy satellite. Skydozers were tough ships, and the charge had only been a kiloton or less, but it left Danny with no legs or eyes, a kid who used to walk the trout streams twelve hours a day all summer. Tom remembered when they’d fitted out his floating wheelchair with thrusters and sonar, and turned him loose on an easy stretch of the Au Sable below Grayling.
From A Little Further Up The Fox..., by George M. Ewing.
Published by Asimov's Science Fiction in 1987
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Compare to Operation Cleanup from The Fountains of Paradise (1978) by Arthur C. Clarke.

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