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"I do think there is a link in that in both cases, writing fiction or writing a computer program, at any given moment you're focusing on a very specific and particular thing—one word, one line of code, whatever."
- Neal Stephenson

Charted Planetoid Mines  
  Charting the planetoids and minor bodies for mining purposes.  

Very early reference to this idea.

Where once the plantetoids had been a chaotic network of unplumbed mystery, frequented only by space scavengers and occasional pirate hordes, now it was a huge, charted, floating ore deposit for the entire Solar System.
From The Day We Celebrate, by Nelson S. Bond.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1941
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Compare to asteroid mining, probably the earliest reference to the idea, in Garrett P. Serviss' 1898 story Edison's Conquest of Mars.

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