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"it slowly dawned on me that the landscape of science is maybe what interests people a great deal in science fiction."
- Gregory Benford

Lunar Used Spacecraft Lot  
  A sales lot for used spacecraft  

Lazarus Long, the longest-lived member of the Howard Families, needs to pick up a freighter big enough to load 100,000 people and take them into orbit. Where can you go to get a good price on a space freighter?

The moon, naturally.

...Despite efforts to make the Moon colony ecologically self-sufficient, Luna City still imported vastly more tonnage than she exported. On Earth this would have resulted in "empties coming back"; in space transport it was sometimes cheaper to let empties accumulate, especially on Luna where an empty freighter was worth more as metal than it had cost originally as a ship back Earthside.

They suited up and left the dome by North Tunnel, then strolled along the grounded ships in the long, easy strides of low gravity.

From Methuselah's Children, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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