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"I realized there was a heavy-duty change coming in biology, and I could write a really compelling novel about catastrophic evolution, punctuated equilibrium."
- Greg Bear

Cataclysmite  
  A high explosive.  

No details about its fictional composition, but the name is cool.

He waited till the machine stabilized, then glided it down to where he had ripped a gash in the cliff with the charge of cataclysmite. Good shot: brought down a lot of sandstone, cracked the vein of flint and hadn't thrown it around too much. A lot of big slabs were loose.
From Little Fuzzy, by H. Beam Piper.
Published by Doubleday in 1962
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See also pentavalent nitrogen from 'Doc' Smith's Space Hounds of IPC.

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