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"I love that computer science has made mathematics into something like an experimental science. I was never all that good at proving things, but I love doing computer experiments."
- Rudy Rucker

Ion Cannon  
  Fires blasts of charged particles.  

Hobie, a Rebel veteran of many battles, looked at the princess with concern. "Two fighters against a Star Destroyer?"

"The ion cannon will fire several blasts which should destroy any ships in your path," Leia explained.

From Star Wars, by George Lucas.
Published by Del Rey in 1976
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Thanks to 'Erm' for pointing this item out, although it appears first in the original novel Star Wars.

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