“What Kurt Vonnegut character invented ice-nine? Dr. Felix Hoenikker in Cat’s Cradle (1963). Ice-nine is a form of water that freezes at 114.1 degrees Fahrenheit. When it is accidentally released into the ocean, it freezes the entire world.”
Excerpted from: Corey, Melinda, and George Ochoa. Literature: The New York Public Library Book of Answers. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993.