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"I don't know why I write science fiction. The voices in my head told me to!"
- Charles Stross

Meteor-Sweeps  
  Maneuver to chase down and destroy meteor showers that threaten celestial navigation.  

What to do when great swarms of meteors pose a grave threat to safe celestial navigation? Call the Interstellar Patrol!

I gave an order that sent our ships and those behind it slanting steeply upward... Tensley I watched the space-chart and then, just as the great swarm of black dots reached the dozen dots that were our ships, I uttered a single word, and instantly our squadron was...moving at the same speed as the great swarm... as it rushed through the Galaxy.

It was the familiar maneuver of the Interstellar Patrol in reconnoitering a meteor-swarm, to hang above it and race at the same speed with it through space...

From Crashing Suns, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Popular Fiction Publishing Co. in 1928
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Read more about Hamilton's amazing interactive space-chart, which he also calls a telechart.

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