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- Samuel R. Delany

Alpha Insert  
  A special compound used to seal punctures in space craft.  

Very handy stuff.

The Arcturus almost collided with us, just skimmed by, slicing a long sliver from our outer skin. You should have heard the air rushing out... I took a gang out to repair her...

We got her sealed up, though, with Alpha Insert, enough to finish the trip.* Her air was gone, and we had to put all the passengers and crew in space suits..."

* Alpha Insert is a compound possessing a remarkable affinity for metals of all kinds; its molecules hooked up in close union almost instantaneously, hardening to a toughness comparable with that of beryllium-steel itself.

From Exiles of the Moon, by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat).
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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Here's what it's like to plug a small hole in the hull:

"Here, Dore, get some Alpha plugging compound..."

Garry was explaining that a tiny meteor had drilled through the air-lock.

He scooped some Alpha Insert out of its canister, deftly rolled a little pellet, whipped away the coat [which had been stuffed into the hole], clapped the highly agglutinated alloy into the round hole. It spread immediately into a smooth, perfect plug.

Compare to the tagalongs from Gentlemen, Be Seated (1948), by Robert Heinlein.

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