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"the [science fiction] writer should be able to convince the reader (and himself) that the wonders he is describing really can come true...and that gets tricky when you take a good, hard look at the world around you."
- Frederik Pohl

High-Voltage Cuffs  
  Metallic shirt-sleeve cuffs capable of carrying a charge.  

"Hey, look!" someone says. "It's our friend the Kourier! Welcome, friend!"

She's got her Liquid Knuckles uncapped, available, and shaken well before use. She's got high-voltage, high-fashion metallic cuffs around her wrists in case someone tries to grab her by same.

From Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson.
Published by Bantam in 1992
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This is a variation on the original classic - electrifying the hull from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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