"All fiction is propaganda, and the fiction we like is the propaganda we believe in, and the fiction we don't like is the propaganda we don't believe in."
Considering the fact that lasers had not yet been invented, this seems like a pretty good description of what a military-grade laser cannon might look like in 2010.
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