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"The SF approach: an awareness that things could have been different, that this is one of many possible worlds, that if you came to this world from some other planet, this would be a science fiction world."
- Neal Stephenson

Smother-Charge  
  Molecularly-gimmicked explosive.  

I unrolled the black ball, opening it out into a seamless glove, a dollop of something resembling moist putty stuck to its palm...

If I were to slap a metal surface with my left hand, the substance would adhere there, coming free of the glove. Two seconds later it would explode, and the force of the explosion would be directed in against the surface. Newton would claim his own by way of right-angled redistributions of the reaction, hopefully tearing lateral hell out of the contact surface. A smother-charge it was called, and its possession came under concealed-weapons and possession-of-burglary tools statutes in most places. The molecularly gimmicked goo, I decided, was great stuff. It was just the delivery system that left more to be desired.

From My Name is Legion, by Roger Zelazny.
Published by Del Rey in 1976
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