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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Super-Weapon  
  A generic term for an advanced destructive device or technology.  

As far as I know, this is the first instance of this handy phrase.

Neither side dares attack the other; each is waiting for the development of some super-weapon which will give it the overwhelming advantage necessary to insure victory upon a field of action so far from home.
From Robot Nemesis, by E.E. 'Doc' Smith.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1939
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