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"Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today -- but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all."
- Isaac Asimov

Paralyzing Gun  
  Renders senseless any human in its path.  

Vince Southern's handsome features twisted into a sneer of contempt. He didn't land at once in the clearly marked area beside the building. Instead he guided his craft low over the observatory, sweeping the latter with a wide beam of powerful waves from a paralyzer gun. Anyone inside the structure would be temporarily rendered senseless.
From The Achilles Heel, by Raymond Z. Gallun.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1940
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The gun "disorganized the functions of brain and nervous centers".

Compare to the paralysis bomb from If This Goes On... (1940) by Robert Heinlein and the paralysis ray from Satellite Five (1938) by Arthur K. Barnes. Also, compare to Heinlein's paralysis bomb from Methuselah's Children (1941), the paralyzing eye from L. Sprague de Camp's The Best Laid Scheme (1941), the paralyzing ray from Ray Cumming's Blood of the Moon (1936), the paralyzing cone from The Atomic Conquerors by Edmond Hamilton (1927) and the para-beam from EC Tubbs' Mechanical Monarch (1958).

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