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"One can see the free software movement as a precusor for a "free hardware" or "free wetware" movement--one that will provide free libraries of designs for biological or nanotechnological products that replicators can be programmed to churn out."
- Charles Stross

The Hub  
  A large space resort consisting of inhabitable bubbles in a metal framework.  

The Hub, a cluster of bubbles in a web of metal, hung in empty space, in that region known to Earthmen as Hither Sagittarius. The owner was Pan Pascoglu, a man short, dark and energetic, almost bald, with restless brown eyes and a thick mustache. A man of ambition, Pascoglu hoped to develop the Hub into a fashionable resort, a glamor island among the stars - something more than a mere stopover depot and junction point. Working to this end, he added two dozen bright new bubbles - "cottages", as he called them - around the outer meshes of the Hub, which already resembled the model of an extremely complex molecule.
Technovelgy from Worlds of Origin, by Jack Vance.
Published by Super-Science Fiction in 1958
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Compare to the City of Space from The Prince of Space (1931) by Jack Williamson, the Wheelchair space station from Waldo (1942) by Robert Heinlein and the tether space station from Tank Farm Dynamo (1983) by David Brin.

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