Post by David DeLaney Post by ***@bid.nes
We are living in ??? the glass age ? ???The Glass Age, Part 1: Flexible,
Now, this is science ! And a infomercial for Gorilla Glass. Might be
good for munchkins.
Now that I know what it is, I won't watch it. Thank you.
Anyway, I'll take the Glass Age seriously when we have Shaw's slow glass
and Julian May's glass armor.
Other SFnal glass? Transparent aluminum does not count.
Well, we can start with cubes of glass with slight impurities being used as
mostly-read-only laser-searchable memory units. I know I've seen that in more
than one place, and it was partly implied in Diaspar, wasn't it? And their
relative, 'glass' windows in starships, vehicles, or helmets that incorporate
holographic displays, HUD and others.
The nonsensical glass knives from *Snow Crash*? (Nonsensical because in the
real world, while flint knives are indeed really sharp, the edges also
shatter if you brush them against anything, let alone try to cut through
armor. Glass is brittle, especially when it's micrometers thick. They also
get ever-so-slightly dull even if they *don't* touch anything, because
extremely thin glass flows slightly. Ask anyone who has done transmission
electron microscopy using glass blades to make sections--you can't leave the
blade lying around very long.)
Flint is volcanic glass.
Carl Fink ***@nitpicking.com
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