"I've taken some stick for passages in Altered Carbon which people complained had sickened them, but then violence should be sickening."
One way to get materials out of an asteriod is to send a mechanical worm to chew through to what you want.
Larry Niven made use of the idea in a 1968 story - see the mining worm (organic) from A Gift From Earth.
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'Getting to his feet he crossed the waiting room to the Padre booth...'
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'Rippling arpeggios of thyme and lavender...'
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Michael Crichton right again.
A Baker's Dozen Of Autonomous Car-Related Revolutions
'Old people began to cross the continent in their own cars.'
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'He set his camera to follow him...'
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'The de luxe model... has fifty different facial expressions...'
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'My hands touched a great keyboard, whence, perfect through long practice, I could direct lifelike motion.'
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'It was a smooth ovoid floating a few inches from the floor...'
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'Joe got out the gravity-simulator harnesses...'
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