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" I sometimes suspect that we're seeing something in the Internet as significant as the birth of cities. It's really something new, it's a new kind of civilization."
- William Gibson

Needle-Ray  
  Very thin beam of destruction.  

This is an early version of this idea.

He spun a couple of wheels briefly, pressed a switch, and from the Violet's heaviest needle-ray projector there flashed out against the prow of the scout patrol a pencil of incredibly condensed destruction.
Technovelgy from Skylark of Valeron, by E.E. 'Doc' Smith.
Published by Astounding in 1934
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