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"Science and science fiction, how do you even distinguish the two?"
- Jerry Pournelle

Atomic Explosive  
  A handheld bomb that melted its way into an armored door, then detonated.  

..he took a little cylinder from the pouch of the vacuum armor he had put on, and drew its primer pin. One end of the cylinder began to blaze with the blue-white heat of atomic energy being unleashed. He touched this end to the upper rim of the door. Swiftly the cylinder melted its way into the metal, and sank out of sight. Dave stepped back, tensed, waiting for the time fuse to do its final work. A moment later there was a violent explosion, and the outer portal of the roomís air lock was blasted to fragments.
Technovelgy from Hotel Cosmos, by Raymond Z. Gallun.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1938
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