A Martian Odyssey by Stanley G. Weinbaum:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas
Interesting tale of a visit to Mars; features a Martian creature that Isaac Asimov describes as "may be the first creature in science fiction to fulfil Campbell's dictum, 'write me a creature who thinks as well as a man, or better than a man, but not like a man'." You can read it at A Martian Odyssey. Select
A clear glass gun that fires poisoned splinters.
A small object that burns off diseased tissue, leaving healthy tissue unharmed.
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