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"In WWII, they had a saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. I think the modern equivalent of that is that there are no jaded, bored people in the high-tech industry, in the land of really good hardcore geeks."
- Neal Stephenson

Platinum Alloy Disc  
  A silvery disc used for data record storage.  

Since nothing material was destroyed when the Eddorians were forced into the next plane of existence, their historical records have also become available. Those records - folios and tapes and playable discs of platinum alloy, resistant indefinitely even to Eddore's noxious atmosphere - agree with those of the Arisians upon this point.
From Triplanetary, by E.E. 'Doc' Smith.
Published by Not known in 1934
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