This may be stretching things a bit, but Bruce Sterling wrote "The Dead Collider" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in July of 1994, which was 25 years ago.
SCIENCE magazine, in its editorial post-mortem "The Lessons of the
Super Collider," had its own morals to draw. Lesson One: "High energy
physics has become too expensive to be defined by national boundaries."
Lesson Two: "Just because particle physics asks questions about the
fundamental structure of matter does not give it any greater claim on
taxpayer dollars than solid-state physics or molecular biology.
Proponents of any project must justify the costs in relation to the
scientific and social return."
That may indeed be the New Reality for American science funding
today, but it was never the justification of the Machine in the Desert. The
Machine in the Desert was an absolute vision, about the absolute need to
However, there's no mention of astronomy in either that paper or the referenced Science article, "The Lessons of the Super Collider", and neither is actually science fiction.