"SF looks towards an imaginary future, while fantasy, by and large, looks towards an imaginary past."
This is a very early use of this concept.
Compare this to Heinlein's paralysis bomb from Methuselah's Children several years later, the paralyzing eye from L. Sprague de Camp's The Best Laid Scheme (1941), the paralyzing ray from Ray Cumming's Blood of the Moon (1936), the paralyzing cone from The Atomic Conquerors by Edmond Hamilton (1927) and the para-beam from EC Tubbs' Mechanical Monarch (1958).
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