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"Science fiction and science have always danced around each other. Science fiction is the subconscious of science."
- Greg Bear

Single Sheet Molecule  
  A counterfeit-proof way to output unique documents.  

The single sheet he held, and even the words and signatures upon it, were all integral parts of a single giant molecule which in itself was well-nigh indestructible and could not be in any way altered or tampered with short of outright destruction. As for destruction itself - Donal was quite sure that there was nothing aboard this ship that could in any way burn, shred, dissolve, or in any other fashion obliterate it.
From Dorsai!, by Gordon R. Dickson.
Published by Ace Books in 1960
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Compare to the the Argento-Platinoid Dispatch Box from Schachner and Zagat's 1931 story Venus Mines, Incorporated, the personal capsule from Foundation (1951) by Isaac Asimov, truffle skins from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965) by Philip K. Dick and the message cylinder and distrans from Dune (1965) by Frank Herbert.

Thanks to @nyrath (Winchell Chung) of Atomic Rockets for contributing this item.

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