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"The world is really so surreal these days that it's necessary for us to blunt it somehow in order to stay sane. The artist functions to short-circuit the buffering mechanism, so that people can occasionally perceive the weirdness of things as they are."
- William Gibson

Microwave Beamer  
  A hand-held fast cooking device.  

...I turned the beamer on a meaty thigh. The Folk must have been waiting for me to make my choice. They now attacked the forequarters.

I crouched ... holding the beamer on the meat until it sizzled, until it smoked, until the smell of it told my belly it was ready.

From Limits, by Larry Niven.
Published by Del Rey in 1985
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This is from the short story Folk Tales, one of the Draco Tavern series, by Niven.

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