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Writing Excuses with Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard Tayler
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NARRATOR: Andromeda, aboard the mercenary cruiser Cynthetic Certainty...
KEVYN: The original, theoretical term for dark matter particles was "WIMP," which stood for Weakly-Interacting Massive Particle.
TAGON: The Pa'anuri don't seem very wimpy.
KEVYN: Because meta-stable dark matter isn't made of WIMPs.
KEVYN: When the Pa'anuri first showed up, we assumed there had to be dark analogs of protons, neutrons, electrons, and maybe even photons. Cindy's sensor data finally proves that.
VENTURA: But in order to discuss Pa'anuri chemistry, we have to name all those particles.
TAGON: Is that where you were when I interrupted?
KEVYN: She said "darkotron" sounds silly.
TAGON: She's not wrong.
KEVYN: She didn't have anything better.
VENTURA: She did, but that's where we got interrupted.
VENTURA: "Umbral" is a nice, dark word. If we start with "umbral," the neutron- and electron-analogs can be "umbrons" and "umbratrons."
VENTURA: The photon-analogs, the "information carriers," could be umbralinos.
KEVYN: Yeah... YEAH!
KEVYN: And we'll call the proton-analog an umbreon!
NARRATOR: Meanwhile, across the fourth wall...
VENTURA: Umbrion might be better.
KEVYN: Right! Because it's an ion!
NARRATOR: And Niantic won't issue us a C&D.
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