A fullerene is any molecule composed entirely of carbon, in the form of a hollow sphere, ellipsoid or tube.

Fullerenes were rare and valuable. Spacer crews that took fullerene cargo as part of captured prizes reaped huge financial rewards. Admiral Anston took a convoy of whips from the Webster Stars before it reached its Alliance Fleet escort; the resulting profits paid the RCN for a year, and the commanding admiral's share made Anston a rich man.3:1

They were probably mostly synthesized, but some occurred naturally. Natural fullerenes were mined in the asteroid belt of the Lantos System.4:21

Fullerenes seem to be the RCN equivalent of gold, and its shipment analogous to the Spanish treasure fleet.

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