The Roaring Blot by Frank Belknap Long, Jr.:
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"The Wellsian dream of men like gods who would inhabit the planet for mil- lions of years and grow continuously in wisdom and strength was demolished forever, but men went about their ac- customed tasks with hardly a thought for the frightful solar upheavals which would eventually blast and wither the heirs of the ages and every animal and vegetable form on Earth’s crust."


(Electron gun from 'The Roaring Blot' by Frank Belknap Long, Jr.)

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