any of a variety of extremely high-density substances
Gehenna of a big crop. Price’ll drop like a brick of collapsium, and this time next year we’ll be using brandy to wash our feet in!
Graveyard of Dreams in Galaxy Science Fiction Feb. 132/1
The metal looked like collapsium, the incredibly tough stuff used for atomic rocket-tube liners.
Stainless Steel Rat's Return in Worlds of If Apr. 89/1
The temperature fell like collapsium.
A collapsium-plated star-cruiser is a collapsium-plated star-cruiser in Poughkeepsie or in Peckham. Sf is, like rock music, a common frame of reference between the USA and the UK.
in Interzone May–June 66/1
The crowbar-to-be was in a very delicate stage right now, its collapsium lattice supported by little more than good intentions.
Once Upon a Matter Crushed in Science Fiction Age July 41/1
They had only two uses: they could be squeezed into the tiny black holes from which collapsium was made, or they could be exploited architecturally for their intrinsic gravity, which was considerable.
To Crush the Moon 105
any evidence 1958
H Beam Piper, Graveyard of Dreams
Research HistoryMalcolm Farmer located a cite in a Project Gutenberg edition of H. Beam Piper's "Graveyard of Dreams": Greg Weeks of the Distributed Proofreaders pointed us to online images of the original magazine pages so that the cite could be verified.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2005 cite from Wil McCarthy.
Clive Shergold submitted a 1981 cite from Terry Pratchett.
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