The Black Star Passes by John W. Campbell:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas
A sky pirate armed with superior weapons of his own invention....
First contact with an alien race dangerous enough to threaten the safety of two planets....
The arrival of an unseen dark sun whose attendant marauders aimed at the very end of civilization in this Solar System....
These were the three challenges that tested the skill and minds of the brilliant team of scientist-astronauts Arcot, Wade, and Morey. Select
Special gear for venturing out at high altitude or even space.
Your best bet for remaining at the right angle to the force of acceleration.
Small, private flyers for business commuting.
A bar of solidified light.
A handheld device for projecting radiative force of some kind.
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