The first paragraph I wrote today was…

Taking away or adding just one proton from the nucleus of an element would turn it into a completely different element with completely different properties. Neon has an atomic number of 10. If you took away just one proton, you would have flourine, a gas which, far from being inert, is highly reactive and dangerous. Neon is part of the atmosphere and we breath it harmlessly all the time. Flourine gas is so poisonous that breathing it at a concentration of only 0.1 percent for just a few minutes is fatal.

No fiction yet; I’ve been kicking around a whole new adult SF novel idea, so I spent my usual fiction writing time outlining and making notes, instead.

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