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"I feel like I've been very fortunate in that I've stuck like a burr to the dog-leg of the next generation of nerdism. I've been carried into the XXIth century on Bill Gates' pants-cuff."
- William Gibson

Needle-Ray  
  Very thin beam of destruction.  

This is an early version of this idea.

He spun a couple of wheels briefly, pressed a switch, and from the Violet's heaviest needle-ray projector there flashed out against the prow of the scout patrol a pencil of incredibly condensed destruction.
From Skylark of Valeron, by E.E. 'Doc' Smith.
Published by Astounding in 1934
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