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Electrolux Death Ray

"The Rolls-Royce of atomic weapons?" Maybe. Take a look at sculptor Greg Brotherton's Electrolux Death Ray, and decide for yourself. Powerful? Equipped with a genoseismic vibratofile nozzle, this "finger of God" weapon can "wipe out Martian civilizations or cut the moon in half."


(From Brotronic Weapons Gallery)

Starting with little more than an Electrolux canister vacuum cleaner and six German siren whistles powered by vacuum pressure, Brotherton has taken us all back to Tomorrowland with his elegant sculptures.

For a look at a similar sf weapon, see Wunderland treatymaker from Ringworld Engineers by Larry Niven.

Update 22-Mar-2020: As far as I know, the earliest use of the term "death ray" can be found in the 1903 novel The World Masters by George Griffith; see the entry for death-ray. End update.

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