"I received a nice letter the other day from the Dalai Lama. He had read 'The Nine Billion Names of God'. It is about a computer at a Tibetan monastery."
Great name; the concept was used in Edmund Hamilton's 1928 novel Crashing Sun (see de-atomizer) and the disintegrator from Garrett P. Serviss' 1898 novel Edison's Conquest of Mars.
Compare to the Disruptor Tube (Disruptor Ray) from The Emperor of the Stars (1931) by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat), the
Bethé blasters from Cities in Flight (1957) by James Blish, the
Vortex Gun from One Against the Legion (1939) by Jack Williamson.
Compare to the Disruptor Tube (Disruptor Ray) from The Emperor of the Stars (1931) by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat), the Bethé blasters from Cities in Flight (1957) by James Blish, the Vortex Gun from One Against the Legion (1939) by Jack Williamson.
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