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"There's a poetry in the materials we use to construct our world of artifacts; it speaks of our long history as a technological species."
- 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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