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"None of us, no matter what continent or island or ice cap, asked to be born in the first place, and that even somebody as old as I am, which is 80, only just got here."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Blastick  
  A scorching beam weapon  

One of Blacker's men enthusiastically clapped down on the trigger of his blastick but he was no soldier...

Steve's fingers reached the upper rim and he swiftly raised himself, at any moment expecting to feel the scorch of a blastick from below.

From The Traitor, by Kurt von Rachen.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1941
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Compare to the blaster from When the Green Star Waned (1928), by Nictzin Dyalhis.

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