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"Cyberspace is a metaphor that allows us to grasp this place where since about the time of the second world war we've increasingly done so many of the things that we think of as civilization."
- William Gibson

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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