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"The writing is clicking away in my head and piling up, and unless I get it on paper somehow it's going to create uncomfortable pressure in my skull."
- Isaac Asimov

Electro-Automatic Pistol  
  Circular, pocket-sized weapon.  

Her quick fingers closed over a circular disk of metal, the size of an old-fashioned watch. At one point of the circumference was a small projection, the size and shape of a pencil stub. It was a weapon, ladylike but deadly - an electro-automatic pistol, originally given to her grandmother by her notorious grandfather...

...the disc... housed a revolving magazine of fifty charges. The short barrel projected from between her knuckles... her thumb lay on the trigger switch at the side...

From The Worlds of Tomorrow, by Manly Wade Wellman.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1940
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