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"the [science fiction] writer should be able to convince the reader (and himself) that the wonders he is describing really can come true...and that gets tricky when you take a good, hard look at the world around you."
- Frederik Pohl

Sick Stick  
  Baton that induces vomiting upon contact.  

Yet another of the 'non-lethal' weapons in our (still-fictional) future.

 

"Anderton sees Knott reaching behind his back, coming out with the HALO. The cop BEHIND ANDERTON takes out his sick- stick...
All of them begin moving in forcing Anderton back against the wall, A WINDOW BEHIND HIM...
KNOTT Easy does it, Chief. Anderton keeps one eye on the sick-stick, the other on the halo. When SUDDENLY A HUGE DOG HITS THE GLASS. Anderton grabs the sick-stick and shoves it at Knott, then ducks as Knott pukes on the other cop. Anderton starts up the fire escape..."

From Minority Report (Movie), by Steven Spielberg.
Published by Dreamworks in 2002
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Compare to devices like the neuronic whip from Isaac Asimov's 1951 story The Stars, Like Dust, the lash tube from Philip K. Dick's 1954 story The Golden Man and the microwave pistol from Peter Watts' 2006 novel Blindsight.

Thanks to an anonymous reader who contributed this item.

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