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"In WWII, they had a saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. I think the modern equivalent of that is that there are no jaded, bored people in the high-tech industry, in the land of really good hardcore geeks."
- Neal Stephenson

Coronium Ore  
  A radiolite substance to revolutionize industry.  

The ease with which Captain Mansell and his assistant read their positions from the recorded observations on the Demson navigator's reeling tape did not erase the lines of anxiety from Shafton's brow. He could not forget that they were carrying the most valuable load of their time in the eighty ton cargo of coronium ore, the strange radiolite substance that would revolutionise industry... Nor had the discovery of this valuable substance on the Company's moon mines been generally known.
From Roamer of the Stars, by Clyde Wilson.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1938
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According to the dictionary, "radiolite" means "A form of igneous rock that has a radial, fanlike texture of crystals". Science fiction fans think immediately of fanmetal from Frank Herbert's 1965 novel Dune.

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