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He examined the odd, whiplike object. The thing was black plastic, similar in texture to the pitcher and water glass. It was about a yard long with a stubby handle indented for fingers. There was a click-notched dial in the handle base and a yellow stud under the index-finger indentation.

Janvert pointed the double end at the guard ... and depressed the stud.

Technovelgy from Hellstrom's Hive, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Bantam Books in 1972
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