In various science fiction universes
, such as Niven's Known Space
and Bjorn-Erik Townsend's Proxima Shared Universe
, the term "Belter" is used to refer to inhabitants of the Asteroid Belt
. Belters often exemplify a pioneer
spirit, preferring the haphazardness
of their tumbling environs to the stability of a planet
One extremely atypical strain of Belters are Pat Murphy's norbits, from There and Back Again. Modeled on Tolkien's hobbits, they are fond of home and comfort to a degree quite alien to most authors' conceptions of a Belter culture.