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"Beyond a thousand years from now humans are not quite recognizably human, and I have trouble finding characters."
- Larry Niven

Heat-Removing Staff  
  Device absorbs all heat from its target.  

...He touched it with his staff, and the staff turned cherry-red with heat. The robot-body, its heat suddenly drained, fell to the ground in a heap of icy crystals.
From The Dead Lady of Clown Town, by Cordwainer Smith.
Published by Galaxy Publishing in 1965
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I thought this is a pretty cool idea; see also the superconductor of heat from The Mote in God's Eye by Niven and Pournelle.

Thanks to the anonymous reader who submitted this idea with the contact form.

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