Daniel stared down at the thin blue object in his hand. It was the length of a pen but had only the thickness and weight of a piece of cotton. He tried to snap it in half but the strand only deflected slightly and then eased back into its original shape. How could such a simple material have changed the course of human development so profoundly, he pondered.

He looked across at his larger friend on the next seat. “Hey Zac, did you see that? It’s amazing stuff this Manillium — and to think that you can virtually dig it…

Marcus Park

Semi retired engineer in Western Australia with an interest in science, history and writing.

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