When I was in high school in the early 1960s, I read a story about the discovery of an ancient civilization in the asteroid belt. I believe that the title was a take-off on Kepler's quote, "Between Jupiter and Mars I place a planet."

Does anyone know of this or remember it?

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    Welcome to the site! You have a good start here. If you could take a look at this guide to help jog your memory and edit in any more details, that would be great. Every little bit helps us. – amflare Nov 13 '17 at 18:49
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    There are a bunch of books that include ruins in the belt, relics of past civilization, etc. A bunch. More detail would help a great deal. – Zeiss Ikon Nov 13 '17 at 19:00
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    Was the entire story focused on this discovery, or might that just have been one part of it? (Given the timing, and if the asteroid belt thing wasn't the entire story, I think Space Cadet is the most likely candidate. But there really are a lot of possibilities.) – Harry Johnston Nov 13 '17 at 21:19
  • Chapter 15 of The Rolling Stones is called "Inter Jovem et Martem Planetam Interposui" but there's no asteroid belt civilization. – Organic Marble Nov 14 '17 at 2:32
  • Was this a short story or a novel? You use the word story in the question but the question is tagged novel. – John Rennie Nov 14 '17 at 12:07

Could you be conflating two Heinleins?

The Kepler quote is from The Rolling Stones, but remains of an old civilisation are found on Ganymede in Farmer In the Sky.

  • There is also mention of a possible ancient asteroid civilisation in Space Cadet. – JRE Nov 18 '17 at 18:26

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