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Quantum Power  
  Power generation through photon fission.  

"Earth scientist Max Planck first coined the term "quantum" to describe an individual particle of light. Planck thought each quantum was indivisible, so that a fraction of a quantum could not exist. One of the more startling discoveries arising from Unified Field Theory was that individual quantum actually could be split into component sub-particles, much like atoms may be split through fission. The energy released by Quantum Power is several orders of magnitude greater than ordinary Fusion Power."
Technovelgy from Alpha Centauri, by Sid Meier.
Published by Fraxis Games in 1999
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