Sinclair Molecule Chain
A monofilament fiber, used for strength. (Read
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|"Oooh! I've been waiting for this one for SO long!
Arthur C. Clarke called it "hyperfilament" in "The Fountains of Paradise" (and there's even a line about what a great cheese slicer it would make!)
My favorite Niven use is in the Variable Sword that we see in the Ringworld stories.
Also, William Gibson featured it in "Johnny Mnemonic": the Yakuza ninja had a spool of it in his artificial thumb (which had a weighted tip). He'd whip it around and slice his opponent into several sections. Charming, huh? "|
(Chris Johnston 12/14/2007 5:17:54 AM )
|"Chris, I had this item under another name, but I added the reference for hyperfilament. See also Niven's variable sword, from Ringworld."|
( 12/16/2007 2:17:20 PM )
|"Don't forget shigawire!"|
(Ed 12/17/2007 7:46:59 AM )
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