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"SF looks towards an imaginary future, while fantasy, by and large, looks towards an imaginary past."
- Frederik Pohl

Causality-violation Device (or Weapon)  
  Any of a variety of technologies intended to exploit time travel as a weapon.  

Ilya forced himself to uncurl his fingers from the arms of his chair. "You're saying that the capsule we're about to retrieve is a bomb?..."

[Rachel] grinned, humorlessly. "If you don't believe me, that's your problem. We've seen half a dozen incidents like this before - the UN Defense Intelligence Causal Weapons Analysis Committee, I mean - incidents where one or another secret attempt to assemble a causality-violation device came to grief. Not usually anything as crude as your closed timelike flight path and oracle hack, by the way; these were real CVDs. History editors, minimax censors, grandfather bombs, and a really nasty toy called a space ablator..."

From Singularity Sky, by Charles Stross.
Published by Ace Science Fiction in 2003
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