Sunday November 23, 2008

Book 10: The Longshoreman of the Apocalypse
Part IV: Fuller's Soap

Transcript

Narrator:Data mining (Read: "Hacking") from the comfort of the mercenary warship Touch-And-Go.
Ennesby:Thurl, why would humans be trafficking in "fuller's soap?"
Thurl:What is fuller's soap?
Ennesby:It's an alkali used for whitening wool prior to dying it. I don't think it's seen use since the invention of bleach.
Thurl:What does twenty-first century anime have to do with whitening wool?
Ennesby:How long has it been since you did your own laundry?
Ennesby:Thurl, I think "fuller's soap" is a code-word for fullerened antimatter.
Thurl:Could be. Fullerenes were named after some bucky kat fuller guy.
Ennesby:And in some earth religions, fuller's soap was used a metaphor for purification.
Thurl:Are you suggesting that we might have a religious nut referring to antimatter using a code-word that also means "purification?"
Ennesby:Gives you a bit of a chill, doesn't it?
Ennesby:Or perhaps a "hot flash."