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"The whole problem of energy sources is going to be solved by little solutions, not by some big new piece of technology that does everything. We got into this crisis by believing that we had one big piece of technology that would do everything (oil)."
- Gregory Benford

Rust Ray Pistol  
  Makes the hardest steel or iron crumbly.  

Putting his hands on the bars, he continued to jibe at them. Behind him, Zaarrgon slid a tentacle through the bars. Protruding loosely from the guardís hip-pocket was the pistol-butt of a rust ray. The Martian seized it gently and brought it in. Neither the guard nor Alabaster noticed. Finally Alabaster departed with a final wave of his hand.

At once the Martian pointed the rust-ray at the massive lock housing. A pale finger of radiance spurted. The lock fell away in clanging fragments. At the same moment, Merrick threw his weight against the door, dashed it open.

Technovelgy from Gamblerís Asteroid, by Manly Wade Wellman.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1944
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