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"I don't know why I write science fiction. The voices in my head told me to!"
- Charles Stross

Green Guk  
  Algae that produces essential oxygen as a byproduct.  

“We’re the dreamers and funsters, the singers and studiers. We leave the ‘to the stars by hard ways’ business to our friends the space marines. When we use the ‘ad astra per aspera’ motto (was it your high school’s too?) we change the last word to asparagus—maybe partly to honor the green guk we grow to get us oxygen (so we won’t be chiseling too much gas from the Government) and to commemorate the food-yeasts and the other stuff we grow from our garbage.”
From The Beat Cluster, by Fritz Leiber.
Published by Galaxy in 1961
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Compare to Martian sawgrass from QRM - Interplanetary (1942) by George O. Smith and oxygen weeds from The Sands of Mars (1951) by Arthur C. Clarke.

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