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Old August 24 2012, 05:05 PM   #28
Re: Transphasic shields in the novels

And originally the Enterprise used lithium in its energy reactors (whatever they were at that stage in the production). But it was quickly realized that using a real element with known properties was going to restrict story-telling potential. So they created dilithium, possessing any potential properties the writers might need in the future.

Similarly, neutronium is a real thing, with known properties. It couldn't be a hull material; better to invent hyponeutronium with whatever properties the story might require (including being able to be made into hulls and doors).
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