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"I kind of take it for granted that our great-grandchildren will regard us as a sort of precursor species. That they won't think of us as human and if we could see them, we probably wouldn't think of them as human either."
- William Gibson

Paralyzing Ray  
  Stops body motions.  

Very early reference to the idea.

...he did not dare fire at me. Miko had forbidden it. I saw him reach under his robe, doubtless for a low-powered paralyzing ray. But he never got it out...
From Brigands of the Moon, by Ray Cummings.
Published by Astounding Stories of Super Science in 1930
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