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"in 1974 I experienced an invasion of my mind by a transcendentally rational mind, as if I had been insane all my life and suddenly I had become sane."
- Philip K. Dick

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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