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"Poised between intransigent scepticism and uncritical credulity, it [science fiction] is par excellence the literature of the open mind."
- John Brunner

Thermide  
  A chemical which, added to water, boiled and sterilized it instantly.  

Fire was difficult to manage, since dry fuel is rare indeed in the Hotlands of Venus, but Ham tossed a thermide tablet into the liquid, and the chemicals boiled the water instantly, escaping themselves as gases. If the water retained a slight ammoniacal tasteŚwell, that was the least of his discomforts, he mused, as he covered it and set it by to cool.
From Parasite Planet, by Stanley G. Weinbaum.
Published by Astounding Stories in 1935
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