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"One can see the free software movement as a precusor for a "free hardware" or "free wetware" movement--one that will provide free libraries of designs for biological or nanotechnological products that replicators can be programmed to churn out."
- Charles Stross

Slow Gun  
  Device shoots slow projectiles that use neurotoxin.  

They killed Citizen Von Bek, but not before the Citizen marked them with his slow gun - for the Citizens of the Curator's Office were allowed to use forbidden weapons in the course of their duties. (Bullets from a slow gun flew on hummingbird wings, seeking wherever they might flee. Bullets from a slow gun killed by stinging with their neurotoxin barbettes, like wasps with secret police insignia. They were a terror weapon, to demonstrate the horrors of unrestricted technology.
From Singularity Sky, by Charles Stross.
Published by Ace Science Fiction in 2003
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Fans of Frank Herbert of course remember the slow pellet stunner from Dune.

Thanks to Trey Palmer for this item.

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