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03.11.2013 , 01:20 AM | #34
Every time I hear of a new mineral in any sci-fi story, and how rare and valuable it is, how it is available only on one particular planet or star system, how wondrous its properties are, I think "Where does it fit into the periodic table ?" Just creating a new "RARE" mineral without creating a backstory for it which explains why it is rare and why it cannot be synthesized in a laboratory shows a lack of ideas on the author's part. Its like an inverse deus ex machina - we need to create a conflict, so lets introduce a wondrous new material. And Star Wars is particularly notorious for egregious use of this device (cortosis weave, mandalorian iron, etc etc).