Latest By
Category:


Armor
Artificial Intelligence
Biology
Clothing
Communication
Computers
Culture
Data Storage
Displays
Engineering
Entertainment
Food
Input Devices
Lifestyle
Living Space
Manufacturing
Material
Media
Medical
Miscellaneous
Robotics
Security
Space Tech
Spacecraft
Surveillance
Transportation
Travel
Vehicle
Virtual Person
Warfare
Weapon
Work

"We'd have most of what we predicted of the conquest of space, if we hadn't ignored parasite control."
- Larry Niven

Right Angle Projectile  
  A missile that turns at right angles after being fired.  

“Now look here—” His voice trailed away. The intruder was still unscrewing the supports of the easel and rejoining the sections into something which—“My God, that’s a gun!”

“Yes, ingenius, isn’t it? Now we’ll see what happens when we knock one of those black sausages out of the sky.” He raised the weapon to his shoulder experimentally. “Yes, nicely balanced.” He laughed softly. “I know what you’re thinking—you’re thinking that Mother will be able to plot back the point of impact to angle of trajectory in about ten seconds flat, only we thought of that. This little weapon ejects a rather ingenius missile; a device inside it will turn it at right angles 1.02 seconds after it leaves the barrel. Mother will, therefore, take at least six times longer than necessary to calculate the spot from which the missile was fired.”

He paused and fitted a chronometer-like device to the short stock. “We call this the fruit machine; it tells me at what angle I should fie to hit the target head on. Must have puzzled you in the past—I mean the ease with which we could knock a man off without even being in the same street.”

From The Mad Metropolis, by Philip E. High.
Published by Ace in 1966
Additional resources -

Thanks to Winchell Chung (aka @nyrath of Project Rho) for contributing this item.

Comment/Join this discussion ( 0 ) | RSS/XML | Blog This |

Additional resources:
  More Ideas and Technology from The Mad Metropolis
  More Ideas and Technology by Philip E. High
  Tech news articles related to The Mad Metropolis
  Tech news articles related to works by Philip E. High

Right Angle Projectile-related news articles:
  - EXACTO Bullets Change Course In Mid-Air
  - Dilbert Writer Scott Adams Plans For Immortality
  - Eterni.me - To Skype With The Dead

Articles related to Weapon
SPECTER Electroshock Round Fireable From Shotgun
Electric Lasso Gives Police Options
R9X Hellfire Missile With Long Blades Kills Queda Leader
CAV-X Supercavitating Ammo Deadly Underwater

Want to Contribute an Item? It's easy:
Get the name of the item, a quote, the book's name and the author's name, and Add it here.

<Previous
Next>

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

 

 

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

More News

Gyroscopic Median-Straddling Mass Transit Vehicles
'It was among these leviathans that the little gyrocar was daring to thrust its puny self...'

Bigrating Laser Beam-Riding Light Sail Is Self-Correcting
'That sail will be twenty thousand miles at the wide part.'

ISS Astronauts Test Estee Lauder 'Advanced Night Repair' Skin Serum
'Out in the New Moon, just ask for what you want...'

LG Wing Twisting Smartphone Might Be Fun
'A polycarbon screen unfurled...'

Mushroom Coffin Returns You To Nature, Naturally
'She touched the leaf. She was wanted.'

Will ATT Offer Ad-Subsidized Cellphone Service
'For long-distance calls the ratio of commercial to conversation was as high as 10 to 1...'

Gyro-X Self-Balancing Two-Wheeler Car
'Indeed, the gyrocar was a sight to make a man look twice.'

Mi TV LUX Transparent Edition OLED TV
The Look of Things To Come.

Metalenses Now Reconfigurable With Liquid Crystal
'Hufhuf oil held in static tension...'

More SF in the News

More Beyond Technovelgy

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.