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"Science Fiction is speculative fiction in which the author takes as his first postulate the real world as we know it, including all established facts and natural laws."
- Robert Heinlein

Softener Key  
   

He picked up the flat-nosed softener key...

Twing was tough, but not invulnerable...Phssthpok applied the softener key to the twing. Thump - and a foot of crude glass rod slammed through the twing.

From Protector, by Larry Niven.
Published by Del Rey in 1973
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