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"In 1970 I found little difficulty staying 30 years ahead of the man in the street, and now I find it difficult to stay 18 months ahead of the man on the street."
- Vernor Vinge

Neutronic Dust  
  What's left over when you've annihilated matter.  

Myriad arrowed rays leapt from her black length, sparkling jets of green radiance. They converged upon the silver-armored turret from which stabbed the two defensive beams.

Brown powder swirled away from the turret - neutronic dust, matter annihiliated as such, when its electrons had been hurled into central protons by the rays.

The turret glowed green, crumpled, vanished.

A swirl of brown dust clouded the blackness of space.

From Twelve Hours To Live, by Jack Williamson.
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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