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"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
- Frederik Pohl

Lash-Tube  
  Device emits an energy beam.  

Nat Johnson's gaunt shape loomed up and blocked his wayl. "All right, Baines. You asked for it."

A pink flash blossomed. It shut out the sunlight in a single blinding burst. Baines leaped back and clawed at his coat pocket. The edge of the flash caught him and he half-fell, stunned by the force...

His own tube came out - and Johnson had no shield. "You're under arrest, "Put down your tube and your hands up..."

The lash-tube wavered and then slipped from Johnson's fingers.

From The Golden Man, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by If in 1954
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