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"The point sticks in your head: physics rules. Virtue does not triumph unless the physics allows it."
- Larry Niven

Asterite  
  A person who was born and lived amongst the asteroids.  

As far as I know, the first use of this interesting term in an sf story.

She was a native asterite, accustomed to the annihilating threat of contraterrene matter.
From Collision Orbit, by Jack Williamson.
Published by Astounding in 1941
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Here are a couple of additional quotes:

...the quiet little asterite had a stubborn independence... he was waiting for better times to come - living aboard the little space tug to save the cost of lodgings.

...

All the phenomena of space were real and immediate, to the native asterite, as they had never been to his Earth-born forbears. Even a terraformed planetoid, such as Obania, had no safe hundreds of kilometers of insulating atmosphere, but only a thin gaseous envelope. Meteors falling here were something more than mysterious streaks of distant fire; here they were grim dice of life and death.

An earlier use of this word occurs in the Buck Rogers comic strips from 1929-1931:


(Buck Rogers asterites)

The word "asterite" was also used in the 19th century (and possibly earlier) referring to a kind of opal that presented a star-like reflection.

Compare to belter from The Warriors (1966) by Larry Niven.

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