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"The SF approach: an awareness that things could have been different, that this is one of many possible worlds, that if you came to this world from some other planet, this would be a science fiction world."
- Neal Stephenson

Disabler  
  A device that drains power quickly from an electric vehicle.  

Pretending not to hear, he ignored the commands to stop.

They put a disabler on him. As it drained the battery pack that powered the scoot he felt his transport slowing. Well, he had made his best effort at flight... Letting the depowered scoot coast to a halt on the roadway, he prepared his response.

From The Human Blend, by Alan Dean Foster.
Published by Del Rey in 2010
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