Weapon in Science Fiction
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Name

Author (Publication Date)

Chris Wooding (2006)
George Griffith (1893)
David Gerrold (1983)
Daniel Suarez (2010)
L.F. Stone (1931)
Thomas A. Easton (1990)
H.G. Wells (1914)
Robert Cromie (1895)
Michael Crichton (1969)
Philip K. Dick (1964)
Neal Stephenson (1995)
Edmond Hamilton (1938)
David Brin (1990)
William Gibson (1999)
Larry Niven (1985)
H.G. Wells (1898)
H.G. Wells (1898)
Frank Belknap Long, Jr. (1937)
Nictzin Dyalhis (1925)
Edmond Hamilton (1926)
Keith Laumer (1960)
Philip K. Dick (1955)
Philip K. Dick (1964)
Greg Bear (2007)
Thomas A. Easton (1990)
Philip K. Dick (1964)
William Gibson (1999)
William Gibson (1993)
Philip K. Dick (1965)
Edmond Hamilton (1927)
Peter F. Hamilton (1996)
Nat Schachner (1937)
Bruce Sterling (1984)
Neal Stephenson (1995)
Philip E. High (1968)
Frank Herbert (1965)
John W. Campbell (1934)
Edmond Hamilton (1928)
Edmond Hamilton (1928)
George Griffith (1911)
Garrett P. Serviss (1898)
Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat) (1931)
John Varley (1984)
Robert Silverberg (1969)
Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat) (1931)
John Munro (1897)
John W. Campbell (1933)
Victor Appleton (1911)
Jules Verne (1875)
Manly Wade Wellman (1940)
A.E. van Vogt (1941)
Jack Vance (1967)
Philip K. Dick (1965)
Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle) (1985)
Fritz Leiber (1943)
Isaac Asimov (1951)
William Gibson (1993)
Jules Verne (1896)
Philip K. Dick (1965)
Robert Heinlein (1951)
Philip K. Dick (1960)
Robert Heinlein (1959)
H.G. Wells (1898)
Cordwainer Smith (1965)
Neal Stephenson (1992)
William Nolan (w/G.C. Johnson) (1967)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Clifford Simak (1961)
Bart Kosko (1987)
H.G. Wells (1897)
George Lucas (1976)
H.G. Wells (1903)
William Shatner (1989)
Poul Anderson (1966)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Philip K. Dick (1954)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
Jules Verne (1875)
George Lucas (1976)
Larry Niven (1970)
Philip E. High (1968)
Neal Stephenson (1992)
Chris Wooding (2006)
Jack Williamson (1931)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Roger Zelazny (1967)
Larry Niven (1968)
Philip K. Dick (1960)
Peter Watts (2006)
Yoshiyuki Tomino (1979)
Yoshiyuki Tomino (1979)
Philip K. Dick (1965)
Alan Dean Foster (2010)
Malcom Jameson (1941)
Ray Cummings (1928)
Isaac Asimov (1957)
Isaac Asimov (1951)
H. Beam Piper (1951)
Greg Bear (2007)
Edmond Hamilton (1928)
Robert Heinlein (1940)
Arthur K. Barnes (1938)
Edmond Hamilton (1927)
Ray Cummings (1930)
Ray Cummings (1936)
Ray Cummings (1930)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1931)
Chris Wooding (2006)
Richard Morgan (2003)
Cordwainer Smith (1953)
J.J. Ferrat (1956)
Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth) (1952)
Philip K. Dick (1965)
Philip K. Dick (1964)
Arthur C. Clarke (1951)
Harry Harrison (1960)
David Drake (1979)
Ayn Rand (1957)
Harold Ramis (1984)
Raymond Z. Gallun (1937)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
Edmond Hamilton (1938)
John W. Campbell (1930)
Daniel Suarez (2009)
Neal Stephenson (1992)
Greg Bear (2007)
Alan Dean Foster (1986)
Philip Frances Nowlan (1928)
Fritz Leiber (1943)
Manly Wade Wellman (1941)
Westwood Games (1995)
Michael Crichton (1985)
Philip K. Dick (1965)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Steven Spielberg (2002)
Chris Wooding (2006)
Neal Stephenson (1995)
William Gibson (1986)
Larry Niven (1970)
Charles Stross (2003)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Michael Crichton (1985)
Larry Niven (1967)
Steve Perry (1985)
Gordon R. Dickson (1960)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
Robert Heinlein (1949)
Piers Anthony (1968)
Arthur C. Clarke (1955)
Isaac Asimov (1952)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Frank Herbert (1972)
Philip Pullman (1997)
Philip K. Dick (1954)
David Drake (1979)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1939)
H.G. Wells (1914)
Murray Leinster (1947)
Robert Heinlein (1959)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1942)
Philip K. Dick (1964)
Larry Niven (1970)
Robert Heinlein (1940)
Jack Vance (1964)
Maureen F. McHugh (1994)
George Griffith (1893)
Greg Bear (2007)
Larry Niven (1980)
Clark Ashton Smith (1931)

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Army Seizure Ray Inspired By Pikachu (Updated)
A deliberately-induced epileptic seizure.
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Laser-Guided Smart Bullet Prototype
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(re: Michael Crichton, 5/26/2012 )
Self-Guided Bullet Accurate Over One Mile
'The back half is all solid propellant. Valves for directional control ... look, it's all electronic.'
(re: Michael Crichton, 1/30/2012 )
US Army-Branded Gaming Peripherals
Last Starfighter, your peripherals are ready now!
(re: Various, 1/13/2012 )
Switchblade Surveillance Missile
'You've heard of a bullet that has your name on it.'
(re: Michael Crichton, 10/28/2011 )
StunRay Paralyzes With Light
This weapon has been around in different forms in sf for quite a while.
(re: Michael Crichton, 4/3/2011 )
DoDAMM Autonomous Robot Sentry Gun
This gun targets and fires automatically.
(re: Michael Crichton, 12/10/2010 )
Assault Intervention Device - A Pain Ray Gun
Should this device be used in the United States?
(re: Ray Cummings, 9/22/2010 )
XM-25 'Judge Dredd' Rifle For Special Forces
According to reports, the Lawgiver may soon be seen in action in Afghanistan. Or a near real-life equivalent.
(re: Various, 5/9/2010 )
Robotic Underground Munitions
I think that if you want to destroy enemies in bunkers, you go with claws or robotic earthworms, courtesy of Philip K. Dick and Harry Harrison.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 3/20/2010 )
Anubis Tactical MAV For Time-Sensitive Fleeting Targets
It's incredible how close this science-fictional scenario is to playing out in real life.
(re: Philip E. High, 3/5/2010 )
Airborne Laser Destroys Missile
Ray gun fans, rejoice! A successful test of the Airborne Laser Testbed has been accomplished.
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Chavez: US 'Tectonic Weapon' Caused Haiti Quake
Just how much sci-fi has this guy been reading?
(re: Various, 1/25/2010 )
Thermal Laser Weapon Evolves From PHaSR
It's a long road to the phaser, but 'set it on stun' is getting closer to reality.
(re: Various, 9/27/2009 )
Hovering Crowd Control Beam
Who would think of using non-lethal beams from the air to enforce civilized behavior?
(re: Larry Niven, 8/2/2009 )
Brain Interface Weapons War Crime Immunity
DARPA has developed brain-interface devices that use special algorithms and neural signals to determine that a soldier has made a choice BEFORE he is consciously aware of it. Can a person commit a war crime without being aware of making a decision?
(re: Various, 7/31/2009 )
Multimode Directed Energy Armament System
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Taliban Looking For Right iPhone App
In which I put together a Mullah, a iPhone and a missile-launching app.
(re: Various, 2/15/2009 )
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Not content to have effective robotic weapon systems, DARPA wants to make sure they are 'damage tolerant.'
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Energy Cannon Now On Order
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Nanohmics Flash Grenade And Blade
It turns out that a working prototype very similar to the UV grenades in Blade has been created.
(re: Various, 12/10/2008 )
MKV-L Multiple Kill Vehicle Video
Defensive weapon video shows successful test; video also shows the basic concept for the MKV-L.
(re: George Lucas, 12/8/2008 )
Guided Bullets By Exacto From DARPA
DARPA once again pushes the envelope in a way that was clearly foreseen in books and movies.
(re: Nolan and Johnson, 12/3/2008 )
Rocket Balls - Pentagon's Kinetic Fireball Incendiaries
This looks a lot like a diagram of the mechanical theory of heat; I want to know what happens if the walls start to close in.
(re: Philip E. High, 11/14/2008 )
Palm Pistol Defensive Firearm
Interesting little device is a pretty close analog to an Isaac Asimov device from the 1950's.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 10/29/2008 )
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(re: Various, 10/21/2008 )
Super-Resolution Vision System Super Sniper Scope
DARPA goes sfnal in creating a sniper scope that can see through the fog of war.
(re: Various, 9/18/2008 )
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(re: Various, 7/20/2008 )
'Kill Switch' Feared By Pentagon
It's a fine time to go looking for chips with embedded backdoors; didn't they see this in the movies and on TV?
(re: Various, 5/5/2008 )
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(re: Frank Herbert, 4/30/2008 )
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(re: Various, 4/13/2008 )
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(re: Ayn Rand, 2/13/2008 )
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(re: Various, 2/3/2008 )
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Philip K. Dick always thinks up the ultimate version of everything.
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(re: Jules Verne, 9/13/2006 )
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(re: Various, 9/7/2006 )
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(re: Various, 6/27/2006 )
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(re: Isaac Asimov, 2/13/2006 )
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(re: Gene Roddenberry, 11/8/2005 )
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(re: Hugo Gernsback, 10/14/2005 )
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(re: Various, 9/26/2005 )
HELLADS: Lightweight Laser Cannon
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(re: Niven/Pournelle, 8/25/2005 )
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(re: Jules Verne, 8/18/2005 )
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(re: H.G. Wells, 7/21/2005 )
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(re: Various, 2/17/2005 )
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(re: E.E. , 8/10/2004 )
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(re: H.G. Wells, 6/10/2004 )
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(re: Larry Niven, 5/10/2004 )
Active Denial Technology: Directed Energy Weapons
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(re: William Gibson, 4/28/2004 )
VLe Provides Non-Lethal Response
The VLe handgun provides variable-lethality in the same weapon, giving law enforcement and homeowners a non-violent alternative; like Stephenson's Loogie Gun, only less icky.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 3/30/2004 )

 

 

 

 

 

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