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"We were essentially being shell-shocked by rapid change. That was one of the things you needed science-fiction writers for back in the Sixties, because we could cope with the future."
- Peter Watts

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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