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"I would say 75% of the economy is now being run by ex-science-fiction fans."
- Greg Bear

Nose Gun  
  Weapon system located up high.  

When you take delivery of a new robot police officer, and you don't read the manual, you might be surprised at some of the features and hardware.

"Stop them," I shouted.

So Ned stopped them. It had been phrased as an order. He leaned his head out the window and I saw at once why most of his equipment was located in his torso. Probably his brain as well. There sure wasn't much room left in his head when that cannon was tucked away in there.

A .75 recoilless. A plate swiveled back right where his nose would have been if he had one, and the big muzzle pointed out. It's a neat idea when you think about it. Right between the eyes for good aiming, up high, always ready.

The BOOM BOOM almost took my head off. Of course Ned was a perfect shot - so would I be if I had a computer for a brain...

From Arm of the Law, by Harry Harrison.
Published by Fantastic Universe in 1958
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You think you'd like one for yourself? Better read what Neal Stephenson said about the skullgun in his 1995 novel The Diamond Age.

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