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"The writing is clicking away in my head and piling up, and unless I get it on paper somehow it's going to create uncomfortable pressure in my skull."
- Isaac Asimov

Atomic Blast Weapon  
  Reduces the target to atoms.  

Squinting expertly through the sights of his atomic blast weapon, he pressed the lanyard. Flame lanced out dazzlingly in the void.

In a magnificent blaze of exploding atoms, the Space Patrol Ship was torn apart. This was the latest of Vince Southern's misdeeds.

"That's that," he chuckled wickedly; "Nobody else will be trying to catch me for a while at least..."

Technovelgy from The Achilles Heel, by Raymond Z. Gallun.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1940
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Compare to the blaster from When the Green Star Waned (1925) by Nictzin Dyalhis, the stationary automatic blaster from Red Planet (1949) by Robert Heinlein and the neutron disruption blaster from The Complete Paratime (1951) by H. Beam Piper.

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