I'm amidst crafting a world but not sure how to fill in a few gaps. Your suggestions and ideas would be greatly appreciated!
I've got a scenario where an extraterrestrial meteor hits planet earth. It carries with it a mineral formation that can self-replicate.
Refined version of this mineral formation yields Neutronium, which is exceptionally easy to use for fusion.
However, the byproduct of said neutronium is harmful and not discovered until later. It releases a gas which interferes with biological growth and causes mass infertility,.
So the questions are as follows;
What sort of mechanical action would be required for the mineral to self-replicate? Nutrients? Oxygen? etc.
Does anyone have suggestions on the mechanical action of the waste from said neutronium on how it interferes with reproduction and fertility?
Obviously - since this is sci-fic - we're not going for by-the-books accurate. But some reasonable logic would really help flesh out this world I'm crafting.