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"Writing about the future, I have a vested interest in there being a future for me to write about."
- John Brunner

Zero-Ray  
  Inflicts a fatal frostbite on living tissue.  

We know the Martians have the heat ray - but there's more.

They possessed a frightful weapon, the zero-ray, which could penetrate animal tissue in an instant with fatal frost-bite. This weapon had been kept a secret; its invention and mode of operation were obscure to human scientists; and it was no less lethal and effective than the heat ray.
From An Adventure in Futurity, by Clark Ashton Smith.
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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