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"Bureaucracies hide their mistakes, because people's careers are tied to those mistakes. Therefore, bureaucracies are a perfect mechanism for perpetuating mistakes."
- Frank Herbert

Launching Laser  
  A set of very high-powered lasers used to power spacecraft.  

Jerome Finney... showed that the spectrum was the light of our own sun, drastically blue-shifted. Some kind of mirror was coming at us, moving at a hell of a clip, but slowing as it came.

"That would mean a light-sail!"

"Why the big deal, Frazer? I thought you already knew."

"No. This is the first I've heard of it. I don't read the Sunday supplements."

Morris was exasperated. "But you knew enough to call a laser cannon a launching laser!"

From The Fourth Profession, by Larry Niven.
Published by Quark in 1971
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Interested readers should also see the entry for laser cannon from Niven and Pournelle's 1974 novel Mote in God's Eye.

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