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"What television does is rent us friends and relatives who are quite satisfactory. This is quite something, to rent artificial friends and relatives right inside the house."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Sliver Gun  
  A firearm that shoots fine darts.  

"Don't move - I got two sliver guns and you're centered to hell. Ever see a guy shot by a sliver gun? Sure is fun to watch...

There were two soft whooshes as the guns discharged into the carpet...

The sliver gun was murmuring softly beside his right ear. The magazine held about two hundred darts.

From The Unreliable Perfumist, by Margaret Saint Clair.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1953
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Compare to the needle pipe from Beyond the Stars (1928), by Ray Cummings, the needle gun from The Empress of Mars (1939), by Ross Rocklynne and the mercy rifle from Grendel (1968), by Larry Niven.

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