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"Generally, the human race avoids doing anything radical until forced into it."
- Frederik Pohl

Durasteel  
  More durable than steel?  

Portmanteau of "durable" and "steel"?

He was holding the Wanderer in the fierce down-blast of our under-keel rocket tubes, oxygen and hydrogen mixed one to one and ignited. He'd made a gigantic blow torch of our keel tubes, just such a torch as had sliced the Icarus's durasteel wall, and in that awful blast he held the ship Gurd Bardin had dispatched to murder us.
Technovelgy from Sunward Flight, by Leo Zagat.
Published by Super Science Stories in 1943
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Compare to plasteel from Dune (1965) by Frank Herbert.

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