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"...science fiction is sort of like a sociological genome. It's a huge range of possible futures, most of them useless; some vital. You never really know in advance."
- Peter Watts

Chain Gun  
  Device fires lengths of steel chain.  

There was an awkward-looking pistol grip at the opposite end, and a sort of grooved, broom handle affair about six inches in front of that.

"What is it?" Rydell asked.

"Chain gun," Fontaine said. "Disposable. Can't reload it. Caseless; this long square things the cartridges and the barrel in one. No moving parts to it; the ignition's electrical. Two buttons here, where the trigger would be, you just point it, press 'em both at the same time...

"...Martial says, it's more like a directional grenade, you understand? Or sort of like a portable fragmentation mine. Main thing he told me is you don't use it in any kind of confined space..."

Fontaine reached over and tapped the fat square barrel lightly, once, with his forefinger. "In here. Thing's packed with four hundred two-foot lengths of super-fine steel chain, sharp as razor wire."

From All Tomorrow's Parties, by William Gibson.
Published by Putnam in 1999
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