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"There's a poetry in the materials we use to construct our world of artifacts; it speaks of our long history as a technological species."
- William Gibson

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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