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"Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it."
- Robert Heinlein

Magnetic Pinions  
  Remote control electromagnetic handcuffs.  

No common handcuffs for Vance.

The three figures at Bonfil's table were savages in all reality: paleolithic inhabitants of S-Cha-6, temporary wards of Bonfils. Their faces were dour, sullen, wary; they seemed disenchanted with such of civilization as they had experienced. They wore metal wristlets and rather heavy metal belts: magnetic pinions. At necessity, Bonfils could instantly immobilize the arms of his charges.
From Worlds of Origin, by Jack Vance.
Published by Super-Science Fiction in 1958
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