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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 Ray  
  A powerful magnetic beam.  

“And the power that drew the Alta aboard the Space Rover was also an invention of your father’s?” I asked.

“That was an invention of Alan’s,” replied Muriel. “If anything should go wrong with that ray, we have no way of repairing it. It was called the magnetic ray by Alan and he told his secret to no one but Daddy. And he left no information, either verbal or written in regard to it. We have tried to analyze it but without success so far.”

From The Exiles of Venus, by Jim Vanny.
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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Triumphantly used in victory at story's end!

As we swung away from the city the space men from Tanark followed us. But only for a short distance. Their speed could never equal that of the Space Rover. Two hours later we descended again on the city.

The Battle of Tanark will ever remain an outstanding event in the history of Venus. The giant Space Rover showed no mercy to the cruel Tanarkans. With his powerful magnetic ray, Alan Starbuck literally picked the Tanarkans off the ground and dashed them to death in the streets below. They were never able to get within range of the big ship to bring their guns into play.


(The magnetic ray from 'The Exiles of Venus' by Jim Vanny)

And so our Venusian friends returned to their own world. Geeko has been elected president. Neepo is his aide. And the wondrous feast that was given in our honor shall never be forgotten by us to our last hour on earth.

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