A List Beyond Words: The JOM Top Ten Greatest Works of Materials Fiction Revealed

JOM, Jun 2015

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A List Beyond Words: The JOM Top Ten Greatest Works of Materials Fiction Revealed

JOM A List Beyond Words: The JOM Top Ten Greatest Works of Materials Fiction Revealed Lynne Robinson - JOM JOM The Original 62 JOM JOM MATERIALS FICTION COUNTDOWN Days of Future Past By Chris Claremont and John Byrne Days Future Past Days of “…with a fearsome blizzard dropping its surface temperature far below zero in a matter of seconds, making its metal skin dangerously brittle.” —Days of Future Past The Mysterious Island By Jules Verne The Mysterious Island “The Engineer was to them a microcosm, a compound of every science, a possessor of all human knowledge.” —The Mysterious Island Halvor Dalaker, Reviewer 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Journey to the Center of the Earth —Halvor Dalaker, Senior Research Scientist, Sintef Materials and Chemistry Contact By Carl Sagan Contact Contact Contact Contact “The erbium produced by this process should be 96 percent pure, with no more than a fraction of a percent impurity from the other rare earths.” —Contact —Ernest Mast, President Mining Corporation Ernest Mast, Reviewer A Song of Ice and Fire (series) By George R.R. Martin of Ice and Fire A Song A Game of Thrones A Song of Ice and Fire “Robert was the true steel. Stannis is pure iron, black and hard and strong, yes, but brittle, the way iron gets. . . And Renly, he’s copper, bright and shiny, pretty to look at but not worth all that much at the end of the day.” —A Clash of Kings A Clash of Kings and Fire A Song of Ice —James J. Robinson, TMS Executive Director Atlas Shrugged By Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged Atlas Shrugged Atlas Shrugged netagiva via Atlas Shrugged “. . .a metal alloy that would do more than steel had ever done, a metal that would be to steel what steel had been to iron.” —Atlas Shrugged — David Howe, Graduate Student, Drexel University David Howe, Reviewer Foundation (trilogy) By Isaac Asimov “But we, our little Foundation, our single world almost without metallic resources, have had to work with brute economy.” —Foundation David Freiberg, Reviewer Encyclopedia Galactica Foundation Game of Thrones —David Freiberg, Undergraduate Student, Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University The Iliad By Homer JOM The Iliad The Iliad The Iliad —Mark Francis, Manager, Stonehouse Hard Materials, NOV Wellbore Technologies “Beams from the into the distant sky, and Athene and Here thundered in answer by way of salutation to the King of Golden Mycenae.” —The Iliad Cat’s Cradle By Kurt Vonnegut Cat’s Cradle, There are several ways, Dr. Breed said to me, in which certain liquids can crystallize—can freeze—several ways in which their atoms can stack and lock in an orderly, rigid way. —Cat’s Cradle Amy Clarke, Reviewer Cat’s Cradle —Amy Clarke, Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory Lord of the Rings (trilogy) By J.R.R. Tolkien of the Rings Lord Lord of the Rings — Sarah Driver, Graduate Student, University of Cambridge “Mithril! All folk desired it. It could be beaten like copper, and polished like glass; and the Dwarves could make of it a metal, light and yet harder than tempered steel.” —The Fellowship of the Ring The Kalevala By Elias Lönnrot In this pivotal scene from The Kalevala, Ilmarinen, the Eternal Hammerer, works mightily to forge steel, alternately praising, coaxing, and cursing Iron Ore. The insects bring Ilmarinen useful materials, while the bear and the wolf in the background depict the bogs that Iron Ore first called home. This original artwork was created by David Rasel, TMS Media Manager, for JOM. “Then again speaks Ilmarinen, Thus the smith addresses Iron: ‘Be not frightened, useful metal, Surely Fire will not consume thee, Will not burn his youngest brother, Will not harm his nearest kindred. Come thou to my room and furnace, Thou wilt live, and grow, and prosper, Wilt become the swords of heroes. . .” —Rune IX, The Origin of Iron The Kalevala The Kalevala The Kalevala Lord of the Rings The Kalevala


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A List Beyond Words: The JOM Top Ten Greatest Works of Materials Fiction Revealed, JOM, 2015, 1405-1416, DOI: 10.1007/s11837-015-1503-8