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Old August 25 2012, 12:31 AM   #33
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Re: Transphasic shields in the novels

And again, I should mention that the credit for "hyponeutronium" goes to Diane Duane, who coined it in My Enemy, My Ally. She didn't actually define what it meant, but it's obvious from the prefix that it means something "below" neutronium, presumably in density. And it was used as a material in a security hatch, somewhat like the door in "What You Leave Behind." So when that door was mentioned as being "neutronium," which is an absurdity in that context, I had the thought that maybe it was actually Duane's hyponeutronium and they were just calling it neutronium as a shorthand. And I actually ended up saying as much in The Buried Age.
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