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"The answer to the problem of information overload on the Net is reputations… engineer a system called a reputation server."
- Neal Stephenson

Blastick  
  A scorching beam weapon  

One of Blacker's men enthusiastically clapped down on the trigger of his blastick but he was no soldier...

Steve's fingers reached the upper rim and he swiftly raised himself, at any moment expecting to feel the scorch of a blastick from below.

From The Traitor, by Karl von Rachen.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1941
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Compare to the blaster from When the Green Star Waned (1928), by Nictzin Dyalhis.

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