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"I realized there was a heavy-duty change coming in biology, and I could write a really compelling novel about catastrophic evolution, punctuated equilibrium."
- Greg Bear

Circumlunar  
  A large space habitat orbiting the moon.  

I was intrigued by the use of the moon as the gravitational center for these habitats. It denotes a measure of distance, social and political, from the Earth.

They shipped Lindsay into exile in the cheapest kind of Mechanist drogue. For two days he was blind and deaf, stunned with drugs, his body packed in a thick matrix of deceleration paste.

Launched from the Republic's cargo arm, the drogue had drifted with cybernetic precision into the polar orbit of another circumlunar. There were ten of these worlds, named for the lunar mares and craters that had provided their raw materials. They'd been the first nation states to break off all relations with the exhausted Earth.

From Schismatrix, by Bruce Sterling.
Published by Arbor House in 1985
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One thing that I don't think was mentioned in the book is the fact that the lack of an atmosphere makes frighteningly low orbits possible, which would be kind of cool.

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