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"For the sciences, the way to change science's perception of things is to wait until all the old farts have died off."
- Larry Niven

Artificial Silk  
  A fabric like silk produced entirely without silkworms.  

Then we discovered behind her a tall man... enveloped in the soft, pliable suit of silk, tinted with prismatic, delicate colors, that everyone, apparently, wore nowadays.

I learned afterwards that artificial silk was made in unlimited quantities by squirting nitrocellulose into a continuously working vacuous space and then reducing it to cellulose by hot sulphydrate of ammonia and pressure, and had taken the place of cotton and woolen goods among the well-to-do.

From In the Deep of Time, by George Parsons Lathrop.
Published by Not known in 1897
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See the discussion of Chardonnet silk in artificial cloth from Ralph 124c 41+ by Hugo Gernsback.

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