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"This is a predictive tool I've used: There are goals we've sought for ten thousand years, and we'll go on seeking them. Instant transport and travel, immortality (or at least longevity and miracle cures.), instant learning "
- Larry Niven

Orbital Weapon Lancet (OWL)  
  A kinetic energy weapon placed in Earth orbit.  

...we have decided to utilize a class of kinetic kill projectiles known as Lancets - essentially guided steel telephone poles tipped with a chemical warhead. They're designed to fall from low Earth orbit and punch a hole in the ground, through several hundred feet of dirt, reinforced concrete and even steel. They then incinerate anything within the relatively small but very deep impact crater...
From Quantico, by Greg Bear.
Published by Vanguard in 2007
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See also the flying crowbars from Footfall, the 1985 novel by Niven and Pournelle. Jerry Pournelle wrote about this idea as early as 1964.

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