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"A science fiction story is a story built around human beings, with a human problem and a human solution, which would not have happened at all without its scientific content."
- Theodore Sturgeon

Smart Bullet  
  Really a tiny missile capable of identifying and following a person.  

In the film, Jack Ramsay of the Runaway squad chases after malfunctioning robots. However, evil mastermind Charles Luther has an advanced weapon prototype - a gun that shoots smart bullets.


(Smart bullet dissected)

"Jack, look at this. The back half is all solid propellant. Valves for directional control ... look, it's all electronic."

"You've heard of a bullet that has your name on it. Well, this one really does. And you can program it to go after a specific person."

"What's the signature?"

"I don't know, man. I've tried everything..."

"It's a heat seeking missile... Everyone's body has a unique heat pattern...This is your body's heat pattern and this is mine."

From Runaway, by Michael Crichton.
Published by Tri-Star Pictures in 1985
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Here's the oversized gun that fires the smart bullet.


(The gun that shoots the smart bullet)

The final feature of the device is that it targets individual people by looking at their body heat signature.


(Targeting system uses your personal heat signature)

Compare to the roving bombs from Manly Wade Wellman's 1941 story The Lost Rocket.

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