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"...the elements of cyberpunk have dissolved into the whole SF genre, so itís hard to find anyone writing who doesnít owe serious debts to Gibson and his crew."
- Richard Morgan

Deflector  
  A means of pushing aside asteroids that get in the path of your space ship.  

First use of this term.

The blasters are those ravening beams of destruction which take care of recalcitrant meteorites in a spaceship's course when the deflectors can't handle them.
From The Ethical Equations, by Murray Leinster.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1945
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Compare to the deflector shields in George Lucas' Star Wars. Also, compare to the earlier idea of a meteor-spotting radar from George O. Smith's 1943 short story Recoil.

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