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"I think we're still on that topic, still trying to figure out what computers are, how they change us, why we use them."
- Neal Stephenson

Annihilator Beam  
  A deadly ray that literally dissolved matter!  

They were within their flyers, held by our combined wills, unable to act for themselves. It was then as easy for us to switch our zones of force upon them, subjugate them more securely and with the annihilator beams to disintegrate completely every ship and man into nothingness!
From The Conquest of Gola, by L.F. Stone.
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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Great name; the concept was used in Edmund Hamilton's 1928 novel Crashing Sun (see de-atomizer) and the disintegrator from Garrett P. Serviss' 1898 novel Edison's Conquest of Mars.

Compare to the Disruptor Tube (Disruptor Ray) from The Emperor of the Stars (1931) by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat), the Bethé blasters from Cities in Flight (1957) by James Blish, the Vortex Gun from One Against the Legion (1939) by Jack Williamson.

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