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"It was my preferred entertainment when I was a kid, so when I set out to be a writer, it was perfectly natural that I should write the sort of stories that I used to enjoy reading."
- John Brunner

Golden Ray of Synchronized Vibrations  
  Disrupts matter by hurling electrons out of their energy states and scattering them.  

Warlo raised his hand. The Murians at the funnels barely moved. But shafts of golden haze leaped from the funnels, impinged on the diving bombers. Mark cried out and swore in mingled rage and astonishment.


(Warlo raised his hand in 'The Return of the Murians' by Nat Schachner)

The hurtling squadron, scores on scores of huge, armored planes, shimmered an instant in the innocent-seeming haze, then vanished. Once more the sky was blue and clear overhead. But the great armada was gone, and left no trace.

“Your weapons, my young hot-head,” remarked Warlo, “are a bit crude compared to those of Mur, as you may have observed. Your race has evidently not yet learned the secret of synchronized vibrations, that hurl electrons out of their energy states and scatter them in space.”

“Damn you! Damn you!” Mark swore recklessly. More than a thousand of his own kind had been obliterated in that act. Rone’s delicate mouth mocked him wordlessly; but Banda’s gaze was full of pity and deep understanding.


(Golden rays from 'The Return of the Murians' by Nat Schachner)

...alas, no Earthly weapon could penetrate that web of force, so fragile seeming in its shimmering tenuity, yet so unbelievably repellent against Big Bertha shells, flame throwers, reckless, suicidal tanks alike. And time and again, those thin, vaporous, golden rays darted out and wiped out, in one huge vanishment, men and guns and tanks and planes and rocks.

From The Return of the Murians, by Nat Schachner.
Published by Astounding Stories in 1936
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Compare to the disrupter ray from The Silent Destroyer (1929) by Henri Dahl Juve, the de-atomizing ray from Crashing Suns (1928) by Edmond Hamilton, the disrupter tube from The Emperor of the Stars (1931) by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat), the Bethé blasters from Cities in Flight (1957) by James Blish, the annihilator beam from Conquest of Gola (1931) by L.F. Stone, the Vortex Gun from One Against the Legion (1939) by Jack Williamson.

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