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"The first thing that's wrong with being a science-fiction writer today is that the present has caught up with the future and surpassed it."
- Peter Watts

Disruptor Tube (Disruptor Ray)  
  A device that interrupted the very bonds between atoms.  

Joe and Al, intrepid explorers of an unknown universe, are threatened by strange jelly beings. How will they escape?

Disruptor tubes in hand, the beleagured explorers advanced toward the passage... Simultaneously, Joe and Al pressed the triggers of their weapons. The long pale beams sprang out, impinging upon the heaving forms.

The disruptor rays had absolutely no effect upon these creatures. Matter was differently constituted here earth forces were unable to break up these atoms.

All was lost!

...

In great waves the green terrors advanced. Desperately the men searched about for some opening, some gap through which to seek escape. There was none. Enringed, they stood at bay, defenseless, now that the disruptor tubes, potent weapons of destruction on earth, were useless.

From The Emperor of the Stars, by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat).
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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