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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

Venus Equilateral Relay Station  
  A converted asteroid that served as the relay station for telecommunications throughout the solar system.  

The Venus Equilateral Relay Station was a modern miracle of engineering if you liked to believe the books. Actually, Venus Equilateral was an asteroid that had been shoved into its orbit about the Sun, forming a practical demonstration of the equilateral triangle solution of the Three Moving Bodies. It was a long cylinder, about three miles in length by about a mile in diameter...

This was the center of Interplanetary Communications. This was the main office. It was the heart of the Solar System's communication line, and as such, it was well manned. Orders for everything emanated from Venus Equilateral.

From QRM - Interplanetary, by George O. Smith.
Published by Street and Smith in 1942
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Here's another image:

Compare to the Interplanetary Radiograph Station from On The Martian Way (1907) by Harry Gore Bishop.

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