"To get anywhere, or even live a long time, a man has to guess, and guess right, over and over again, without enough data for a logical answer."
This ray also stopped all movement on the part of the objects and persons being pulled toward the user.
Note that this is not quite the same thing as a tractor beam (from 'Doc' Smith's 1931 novel Space Hounds of IPC), not to mention the earlier attractive ray from Edmond Hamilton's 1928 novel Crashing Suns.
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