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"The point sticks in your head: physics rules. Virtue does not triumph unless the physics allows it."
- Larry Niven

Illuminum  
  A metal that glows with its own light.  

The walls and ceiling bore an irregular spacing of illuminum tiles whose half-life was clearly almost up, and their feeble radiance had the sole effect of shoveling the gloom into the center of the room.
From Altered Carbon, by Richard Morgan.
Published by Del Rey in 2003
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This is another one of those science fiction words that I like, probably because it has a "classic sf" kind of feel to it, like selectacol or dimensino.

Compare to the wall-lights from Isaac Asimov's 1953 novel Foundation and Empire.

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