PROJECT Fictional materials

Discussion in 'CREATING WORLDS & SETTINGS' started by Lstorm, Apr 26, 2015.

  1. In many pieces of science-fiction, but sometimes also fantasy, fictional materials play a large role as they allow for things that are either thought to be impossible or confirmed to be. In the cases of science-fiction, this is usually faster-than-light travel, however, it can also be an alloy with extraordinary strength that lends itself well to construction or other uses. Whatever the case, these materials usually enrich the universe they were created for, expanding upon the possibilites that its species have access to and adding to the lore.

    Your exercise is to create a fictional material of any kind! You can use the following sheet as help or just create something on your own!

    Name:

    State on room temperature: (Solid/Liquid/Gas/Plasma/Etc)

    Density:

    Properties:
    (Toughness, melting point, boiling point, colour, etcetera)

    Extraordinary capabilities:
    (If any apply)

    Fields of use:

    Common uses:

    Occurence:
    (How rare / common is it?)

    Extraction:

    Refining:
    (If needed)
     
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  2. Right guess I will be posting some materials, most of my settings have fictional super materials with great stats, but I am focusing on weirder materials

    First two materials from my Spiritshell Realms setting.

    Name: Silvershake

    State on room temperature: Solid

    Density: 3,56 g/cm^3

    Properties:
    This stone resembles mostly lustrous silver, it has the extraordinary property of equalizing received energy throughout its entire structure. As you keep pumping energy into it , it shakes and glows with the great energy inside, releasing it gradually, if you pump energy into it past its breaking point it explodes incredibly violently.

    Extraordinary capabilities:
    See above.

    Fields of use: Silvershake has been used as an explosive before, for all the various things a powerful and stable explosive is useful for. Most famously it was used as the propellant of the super gun "Cloudfist".

    Common uses:
    See above

    Occurence:
    About as rare/expensive as bronze, this stone is sometimes found as a byproduct when mining for mithral.

    Extraction: Its usually bound up in ore with mithral and traces of other materials, smelting and separating via melting point is usually the way to go, it doesn't gain its explosive properties until purified from its ore.

    Refining:
    See Above


    Second Material.

    Name: Air Jelly

    State on room temperature: Jelly

    Density: Variable, Typically less then water but densest known examples are as dense as granite

    Properties:
    This jello like substance is typically transparent but can change colour based on what kind of gas it absorbs (see below)

    Extraordinary capabilities:
    Air jelly has the ability to absorb gases into its structure and compact said gases to an extraordinary degree. Various grades of air jelly can absorb varying amounts of gas, legendary ones can even store gas in specialized 4-d folds. Air jellies tend to gradually release air when exposed to hot or corrosive ambient conditions, with more heat and corrosion accelerating the rate of release. This happens to line up such that when most living creatures swallow air jelly the gas is released at just about the right speed to remove the need for breathing temporarily (assuming right air mix).

    Fields of use:

    Common uses:
    Compact Gas supply.

    Occurence:
    Varies immensely based on grade, low grade jellies storing common gases are common, while high grade ones storing rarer gases are much rarer.

    Extraction:

    Refining:
    (If needed)


    Finally I will post the most common computing substrate from my science fiction setting of Pavonisia. Its kind of a class of composites more then a single material though.

    Name: Q-Opticite (sometimes shortened to Qpt (pronounced kyupt)

    State on room temperature: Solid

    Density: between 2.5-5.0 g/cm^3

    Properties:
    This is a composite of a bunch of different ultra-tech materials that forms the computing substrate of most major power computers, it comes in varying grades and colour. Toughness varies from around Bronze level up to that of the strongest Titanium alloys. Computers made of this material can often keep functioning at temperatures as high as 200-500 °C or at cryogenic low temperatures.

    Extraordinary capabilities:
    The computer stores information in the form of Qbits where each "bit" can take on dozens of different numbers instead of plain old 0 or 1. Additionally its parallel processing ability is enormous, it can smoothly juggle programs between multiple parts of memory mid operation with ease. The material responsible for ferrying information does so by sending it and moving it around in the form of beams of high energy radiation with near 100% efficiency and great speed. Finally it should be noted that Q-Opticite processors are not in the form of discrete chips with specialized parts, any part of the processor "block" can process things or store them just fine as needed and if you need more computing power you can splice multiple blocks together.

    Fields of use: Computers are used in pretty much every field and in daily life, intelligent AI or uploaded citizens are often also housed on servers using this kind of material.

    Common uses:
    See above

    Occurence:
    Extremely common

    Extraction: About a dozen different mostly artificial materials are used in this class of material.

    Refining:
    Great nano factories or atomic manipulators assemble these computing blocks for various uses every day.
     
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  3. Figured I'd try my hand at this. The materials I'm using for the exercise are based on the same elements used in a series I'm writing.

    Name: Diracium

    State on room temperature: Fermi Liquid

    Density: Indeterminate, possibly variable

    Properties: Superconductor, Unknown Boiling point/Freezing point, Reflective unless charged (See Below), Pale blue, possibly radioactive (See Below)

    Extraordinary capabilities: When charged with negative energy, Diracium will appear to cause spacetime to warp and produce a traversable quantum tunnel leading to a location that, by current technological limits, is unpredictable. When used in a vaporous state, it will cause subjects saturated with the vapor to appear in two or more places at once, essentially Quantum Superposition. When charged with positive energy, Diracium appears to generate baryonic matter and thermal energy, source unknown, as no attempts have been made to explore the origin due to the sudden influx of Cherenkov radiation.

    Fields of use: Current technology limits our potential. However, theoretical technologies in the future may involve using Diracium for Superluminal travel via Alcubierre Drive, allowing us to reach potentially habitable worlds in hours of what normal travel would take millenia.

    Common uses: See above

    Occurrence: Diracium is a specific form of Exotic Matter, discovered purely on accident during the 2011 FTL Neutrino Anomaly. It is believed to be produced in certain Breeder Reactors under very specific conditions. Currently, the only known source of natural Diracium exists deep under Mount Everest.

    Extraction: Diracium is a ferrous liquid and can be easily separated from other materials through the liberal use of a powerful electromagnet.

    Refining: No refining is needed, as Diracium, even in an impure state retains most of its properties.




    Name: Obsidium

    State on room temperature: Fine dust

    Density: 7.0 kg/m^3

    Properties: Conductor, fragile, opaque, nonreflective, black

    Extraordinary capabilities: When used to replace certain conductive elements in circuit-boards, one is capable of controlling pure Diracium masses.

    Fields of use: When scientists finally figured out this exotic element's properties, their first immediate experiments were to attempt to set coordinates for a Diracium portal, which were met with mixed success. Further experimentation has yielded a semi-efficient method of both generating energy and resources, as well as a new method of travel.

    Common uses: See "Extraordinary capabilities." Other uses include the Portal Grenade, which works as both a weapon and gadget, achievement of the Alcubierre Drive, and the revolutionizing of travel.

    Occurrence: Given that it is a black dust at room temperature, it was easily missed when volcanoes erupting brought this element up from underground veins. The only indication that it was different from volcanic ash and obsidian was the instance of blue lightning being conducted from the individual grains of Obsidium.

    Extraction: A painstakingly long sifting procedure that utilizes static discharges to detect and separate Obsidium from ash.

    Refining: Melting it down and using it to replace specific conductive elements in circuits.
     
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