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"If you don't care about science enough to be interested in it on its own, you shouldn't try to write hard science fiction."
- Frederik Pohl

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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