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"I can remember when the first pulsars were discovered. I was able to go and sit down and listen to graduate students talking about what their theories, to explain what pulsars really were."
- Vernor Vinge

Philips Squeeze Gun  
  A handheld railgun  

"Philips squeeze gun." Clive reached into an open packing case and dug inside the confetti until he came up with a slim gray pistol... "A solid steel load. Uses an electromagnetic accelerator. Completely silent, accurate up to about twenty meters. No recoil, and you've got a reverse field option on the generator that means the slugs can be retrieved from the target afterwards. Takes ten."

"Batteries?"

"Specs are for between forty and fifty discharges. After that, you're losing muzzle velocity with every shot. You get two replacement batteries included in the price and a recharging kit compatible with household power outlets.

Technovelgy from Altered Carbon, by Richard Morgan.
Published by Del Rey in 2003
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