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"The world is really so surreal these days that it's necessary for us to blunt it somehow in order to stay sane. The artist functions to short-circuit the buffering mechanism, so that people can occasionally perceive the weirdness of things as they are."
- William Gibson

Asteroid Homesteaders' School  
  An institution of learning where regular folks learned how to start a farm on an asteroid.  

What would it be like to homestead a farm on the asteroid Vesta?

Fortunately, you can learn about it before you make the trip.

All members of the Endlich family had been looking around them at the weird Vestal landscape. Through John Endlich's mind again there flashed a picture of what this asteroid was like. At the Asteroids Homesteaders' School in Chicago, where his dependents and he had been given several weeks of orientation instruction, suitable to their separate needs, he had been shown diagrams and photographs of Vesta. Later, he had of course seen it from space.

It was not round, like a major planet or most moons. Rather, it was like a bomb-fragment; or even more like a shard of a gigantic broken vase. It was several hundred miles long, and half as thick.

From Asteroid of Fear, by Raymond Z. Gallun.
Published by Planet Stories in 1951
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After all, there's a lot to know when you start a farm on an asteroid. Do you know how to operate an atom drill, pitch a airtight tent and dig an asteroid garden?

As John Endlich's loyal farm wife, Rose, said to him:

"Rememberówe've got to make good here, Johnny," she was saying. "Remember what the Homesteaders Office people told usóthat with modern equipment and the right frame of mind, life can be nice out here. It's worked on other asteroids. What if we are the first farmers to come to Vesta?..."

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