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"The whole problem of energy sources is going to be solved by little solutions, not by some big new piece of technology that does everything. We got into this crisis by believing that we had one big piece of technology that would do everything (oil)."
- Gregory Benford

Ice Dart  
  A variation on an old locked door mystery idea.  

This is an inspired use of the "stabbed with an icicle" ploy (which, of course, leaves no murder weapon). A tiny flechette of ice is shot into one region of the body; the damage is done in another.

Davis drew a pellet pistol and loaded it with an ice heart dart from a small Dewar flask. The thin ice dart melted in the warm muscle tissue of [the man's] buttock. There it released a mix of brucine and potassium into the man's bloodstream… he convulsed in a massive heart attack.
From Nanotime, by Bart Kosko.
Published by Avon Books in 1987
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And the ice melts, leaving no trace of the weapon itself.

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