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11th Aug '17 9:35:38 PM KACofNN
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->''"Is Unobtainium very hard to obtain?"''

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->''"Is Unobtainium very hard easy to obtain?"''
9th Jul '17 10:47:39 AM nombretomado
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*** There is a pure NightmareFuel-level rumor that the Germans produced as much as 30 tons of the stuff to use as [[KillItWithFire an incendiary weapon]] and rocket fuel during the WorldWarTwo, but [[SealedEvilInACan put it into the storage]] after it became clear that the war is going nowhere and then it simply ''disappeared'' somewhere...

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*** There is a pure NightmareFuel-level rumor that the Germans produced as much as 30 tons of the stuff to use as [[KillItWithFire an incendiary weapon]] and rocket fuel during the WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, but [[SealedEvilInACan put it into the storage]] after it became clear that the war is going nowhere and then it simply ''disappeared'' somewhere...
28th May '17 7:24:13 PM PaulA
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* Creator/HarryHarrison's 1973 Golden Age SF spoof novel, ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers'' features Cheddite (a fuel created from cheese). In another scene the heroes' 747 jet is turned into a spacecraft by means of windows armored with ''armolite'', vacuum insulation with ''insulite'', fuel tanks filled with ''combustite'', guns firing pellets of ''destructite'', batteries replaced with ''capacitite'' and a space-warp drive powered by ''warpite''.

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* Creator/HarryHarrison's 1973 Golden Age SF spoof novel, ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers'' ''Literature/StarSmashersOfTheGalaxyRangers'' features Cheddite (a fuel created from cheese). In another scene the heroes' 747 jet is turned into a spacecraft by means of windows armored with ''armolite'', vacuum insulation with ''insulite'', fuel tanks filled with ''combustite'', guns firing pellets of ''destructite'', batteries replaced with ''capacitite'' and a space-warp drive powered by ''warpite''.
27th May '17 6:00:44 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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Though a long time after the [[TropeMaker Trope]] [[{{Dune}} Maker]], the TropeNamer is the mineral sought by the mining company in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' [[note]]The term "Unobtanium" has been in use by engineers for far longer to describe any hypothetical material with currently- or then-impossible properties.[[/note]].

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Though a long time after the [[TropeMaker Trope]] [[{{Dune}} Maker]], the TropeNamer is the mineral sought by the mining company in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. [[note]]The term "Unobtanium" has been in use by engineers for far longer to describe any hypothetical material with currently- or then-impossible properties.[[/note]].
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** ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' also has an unobtainium in the form of Transparent Aluminum, [[spoiler:which allows Scotty to create a giant aquarium in the shuttle to transport a breeding pair of whales back to 24th century Earth]]. Significantly, the material is known to Scotty, [[spoiler::who then helped the inventor create it in an ethically challenging time loop]]. It should be noted that recent advances in materials science actually have created a form of transparent steel, at least in the lab.[[note]]Transparent aluminium ''oxide'' is a real-world material starting to see commercial use, primarily as an alternative to Gorilla Glass called Sapphire Glass (sapphires are aluminium oxide crystals with trace amounts of, usually, iron, giving them a blue color).[[/note]]

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** ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' also has an unobtainium in the form of Transparent Aluminum, [[spoiler:which allows Scotty to create a giant aquarium in the shuttle to transport a breeding pair of whales back to 24th century Earth]]. Significantly, the material is known to Scotty, [[spoiler::who [[spoiler:who then helped the inventor create it in an ethically challenging time loop]]. It should be noted that recent advances in materials science actually have created a form of transparent steel, at least in the lab.[[note]]Transparent aluminium ''oxide'' is a real-world material starting to see commercial use, primarily as an alternative to Gorilla Glass called Sapphire Glass (sapphires are aluminium oxide crystals with trace amounts of, usually, iron, giving them a blue color).[[/note]]
14th May '17 3:03:46 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/StarCraft'', likewise, had "minerals" of an unspecified type and "Vespene Gas" (which [[YouRequireMoreVespeneGas you require more of]], by the way), which each of the playable races uses in a different way to produce its various units and buildings. Neosteel, the material of Terran construction, is another example. Also, the Khaydarin Crystals.

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* ''Franchise/StarCraft'', ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', likewise, had "minerals" of an unspecified type and "Vespene Gas" (which [[YouRequireMoreVespeneGas you require more of]], by the way), which each of the playable races uses in a different way to produce its various units and buildings. Neosteel, the material of Terran construction, is another example. Also, the Khaydarin Crystals.
30th Apr '17 12:42:11 AM Xtifr
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* Tanglestone from the Elizabeth Bear book, ''Undertow'', was only found on the planet named Greene's World, and allowed instant data and material transportation across many light years from the colonies to Earth.

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* Tanglestone from the Elizabeth Bear Creator/ElizabethBear book, ''Undertow'', was only found on the planet named Greene's World, and allowed instant data and material transportation across many light years from the colonies to Earth.
17th Apr '17 5:09:56 PM nombretomado
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* ''Plattnerite'' from StephenBaxter's ''The Time Machine'' sequel, ''The Time Ships'', is an indeterminate, glowing green mineral that allows time travel. It's name and description are a ShoutOut to a character and material found in other Wells stories.

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* ''Plattnerite'' from StephenBaxter's Creator/StephenBaxter's ''The Time Machine'' sequel, ''The Time Ships'', is an indeterminate, glowing green mineral that allows time travel. It's name and description are a ShoutOut to a character and material found in other Wells stories.
16th Apr '17 6:51:30 PM nombretomado
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* Though never mentioned as such, a particular brand of orange wire mesh used in ''StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' was produced by a company that went out of business in the mid-1970's; a substitute had to be acquired for the filming of the ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "[[StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E06TrialsAndTribbleations Trials and Tribble-ations.]]" This substitute mesh was correctly pointed out by episode writer David Gerrold as inaccurate to the original series.

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* Though never mentioned as such, a particular brand of orange wire mesh used in ''StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' was produced by a company that went out of business in the mid-1970's; a substitute had to be acquired for the filming of the ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "[[StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E06TrialsAndTribbleations Trials and Tribble-ations.]]" This substitute mesh was correctly pointed out by episode writer David Gerrold as inaccurate to the original series.
11th Apr '17 6:40:25 PM Az_Tech341
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** Leystone is rare enough, and can only be smelted using frost magic. Demonsteel is an even rarer alloy of it that and felslate, using another specific anvil. (Though this one is located in a friendlier location.)

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** Leystone is rare enough, and can only be smelted using frost magic. Demonsteel is an even rarer alloy of it that and felslate, using another specific anvil. (Though this one anvil, though it is located in a friendlier location.)
9th Apr '17 9:41:53 AM LadyJaneGrey
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** Dark Iron is a metal that can only be mined in a specific part of Blackrock Depths, and can only be smelted and worked on a special anvil in another specific part. Guarded by a giant fire elemental. It can be used to make rather strong armor.


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** Leystone is rare enough, and can only be smelted using frost magic. Demonsteel is an even rarer alloy of it that and felslate, using another specific anvil. (Though this one is located in a friendlier location.)
** Bacon could be considered this, at least the type used in Legion recipes, as you need to do a specific World Quest to hunt the Rare Mob that you get it from.
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