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"This category [science fiction] excludes rocket ships that make U-turns, serpent men of Neptune that lust after human maidens, and stories by authors who flunked their Boy Scout merit badge tests in descriptive astronomy."
- Robert Heinlein

Hyperbolic Solenoid  
  Device that creates and manipulates magnetic fields.  

The cops pounced on a bulge in Methuen's pocket. The bulge was made by another wire contraption. Methuen shrugged. "My hyperbolic solenoid. Gives you a conical magnet field and enables you to manipulate ferrous objects at a distance. I picked the lock of the doors to the elevator with it."
From The Exalted, by L. Sprague de Camp.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1940
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