For all of you movie buffs out there, you’ll recognize my pen name from Al Pacino’s movie The Recruit where he’s this seasoned CIA bloke training the next generation of spies, as it were. There’s this computer virus that spreads through electrical connections rather than through internet connections. It’s name is Ice9. The true Ice-9 (the fictional stuff) is from a book by Kurt Vonnegut called Cat’s Cradle.This Ice-9 is an allotrope* of regular ice (dubbed Ice-1) that’s solid and stable at normal earth-surface temperature and pressure (in the book, it’s melting point is somewhere around 114 degrees F). When it comes into contact with regular water, it crystallizes that water, thus having the power to destroy the earth as we know it.
I liked this idea of one small crystal having such a huge and profound effect on everything. I do see myself as this “seed crystal” and hope to bring about some meaningful change on earth…certainly more than changing all the water to ice that won’t melt.
Now, there really is stuff called Ice-IX (read ice-9), but the reall stuff can only be created with very low temps and extreme pressure…which means your coy-fish pond is safe….for now…
* An allotrope is really just an alternate molecular structure for a substance. Ice-IX is such a substance, just like Ice-II through Ice-VIII (Ice-I is the stuff in your freezer), though all of these require some pretty extreme conditions in which to exist. FYI