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"The whole problem of energy sources is going to be solved by little solutions, not by some big new piece of technology that does everything. We got into this crisis by believing that we had one big piece of technology that would do everything (oil)."
- Gregory Benford

Fuligin  
  A material the color of which is blacker than black.  

Fuligin-colored materials can be used in cloaks, breeches and pennons.

I put on the cloak... the hue fuligin, which is darker than black, admirably erases all folds, bunchings and gatherings so far as the eye is concerned, showing only a featureless dark.
From The Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe.
Published by Simon & Schuster in 1980
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Fuligin is the color of the Torturer's guild. The word is probably derived from fuliginous, an archaic word meaning sooty.

The earliest reference to this idea appears to be the black coating from E.E. 'Doc Smith's 1939 novel Gray Lensman.

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