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"I don't know why I write science fiction. The voices in my head told me to!"
- Charles Stross

Atomic Shell  
  A nuclear munition, fired from a cannon.  

Nothing like a man who is enthusiastic about his job.


(Buck Rogers: Prepare to fire the atomic shell)


(Buck Rogers: The atomic shell on target)

From Buck Rogers, 2430 AD, by Philip Nowlan (w/D. Calkins).
Published by Not Known in 1929
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They just don't write dialog like this anymore:

"Plug that craft for me, Jud! Can you do it?

"Can I hit it? Just watch me plant an atomic shell right in its parlor!"

[Hancock scores a clean hit.]

"Now! They can gather that ship up in a dust pan!

Compare to the magnetic shell from The Great Stone of Shardis (1897) by Frank Stockton, the atomic bomb from The World Set Free (1914) by HG Wells, the roving bomb from Lost Rocket (1941) by Manly Wade Wellman, the Wabbler from The Wabbler (1942) by Murray Leinster, the planet-busting bomb from Testing (1956) by JJ Ferat and the smart bullet from Runaway (1985) by Michael Crichton.

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