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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

Death-Capsule  
  A tiny implanted explosive capsule can be activated remotely.  

“They’ll still be wondering how these killings are done — the weird mystery about them makes them doubly effective.”

He ran his metal-gloved hand lightly across the bank of numbered keys on the tall machine beside him.

“A key pressed here, and a man in Venusopolis dies, no matter where he may be or what he is doing,” exulted the Chief. “Murder by remote control!”

“And I’ve helped make that possible, sir,” Slih Drin said fawningly.

The Chief turned toward the dream-house proprietor.

“I’m not forgetting your help, Slih Drin,” he boomed. “Without you to plant the explosive capsules in the bodies of the victims, I could not have succeeded.”

Clark Stanton’s mind rocked as he suddenly grasped the hideous method used in accomplishing these weird murders. An explosive capsule — surgically implanted in the bodies of selected victims by Slih Drin, while they were in the unconsciousness of the dream-sleep. And that capsule exploded by remote radio control of some kind, by the Chief here! Murder by remote control, indeed! The victims would never dream they carried the death-capsule in their flesh until it exploded and blew their bodies to fragments!

Technovelgy from Doom Over Venus, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1940
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