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Proof (1942) [Short Story]
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Kron is a freighter pilot, traveling between stars as he delivers his cargo of persons, creatures, or substances to places like Sol, Sirius, and Procryon-B. At the moment, he's bringing a contingent of scientists who are measuring gas pressures and densities at various points in Sol's atmosphere. These scientists hope to prove that such things as iron, calcium, and silicon can exist in a solid state, a hypothesis for which they have been ridiculed by their peers -- for the scientists and ships are made of neutronium, the densest material in existence, and their natural habitat is in the enveloping folds of a star.

Kron, the pilot, also has a strange tale to tell, of a dangerous journey made years ago, and a fellow pilot's fatal encounter with a strange object made of what he is certain must be this "matter" that the scientists are talking about.

Original title: Proof
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionScience Fiction

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, the (1994) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Edgar Allan Poe , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , Alfred Bester , Isaac Asimov , Philip K. Dick , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Robert A. Heinlein , Anne McCaffrey , Jules Verne , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Gregory Benford , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Larry Niven , Vernor Vinge , James Tiptree, Jr. , Rudy Rucker , Michael F. Flynn , Clifford D. Simak , James P. Hogan , Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Bob Shaw , Theodore Sturgeon , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Gordon R. Dickson , Robert L. Forward , Ed Bryant , Dean Ing , Ian Watson , John M. Ford , Kate Wilhelm , Hal Clement , Randall Garrett , Raymond F. Jones , Philip Latham , Miles J. Breuer , Tom Godwin , John Sladek , Raymond Z. Gallun , Hilbert Schenck , Richard Grant , Theodore L. Thomas , Donald M. Kingsbury , George Turner , Katherine MacLean , Don A. Stuart

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