energy weapon n.
He told my father that I had been attacked and overcome by the material energy weapons of the troglodytes, that I was helpless and in need of aid.]
Blue Spot in Astounding Stories Feb. 125/1
The window display was made up of an assortment of rather curiously shaped guns, rifles as well as small arms; and a glowing sign in the window stated: THE FINEST ENERGY WEAPONS IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE.
Seesaw in Astounding Science-Fiction July 60/1
The compact little energy weapon in the Interrogator’s clasp tore a gaping hole in the giant’s chest, spun him about, broke his back, and almost cut him in two.
Bridgehead in Astounding Science Fiction Aug. 124/1
There were no witnesses to the tragedy, but a number of monitor stations had picked up the discharge static of a large energy weapon being fired.
Misplaced Battleship in Astounding Science Fact & Fiction Apr. 100/1
The tubular thing was obviously an energy weapon of some sort.
Jupiter Theft 167
Into the effulgence of the arc-lit crystal mass, his plumage imperial, Anokersh huj Lers stepped like a prince. He bore no energy weapon; the people dared not risk such potency falling into the hands of the ferals.
Dreaming Dragons (1981) 189
Another light-second and a half, and she could bring the Manty under fire with her energy weapons.
Honor Among Enemies (1997) 488
They ran out into the rain; the building behind them burned and slumped and fell, turned to glowing slag by the energy weapons.
Look To Windward iv. 70
The Dalek fired its energy weapon and the Doctor dived to the floor…, the energy beam…scorching a long, black line into the wall.
Engines of War viii. 101
A.E. van Vogt, The Seesaw
Research HistoryMike Christie submitted a 1941 cite from A.E. van Vogt's "The Seesaw".
Mike Christie submitted a 1944 cite from Frank Belknap Long's "Bridgehead".
Michael Dolbear submitted a cite from a 1997 reprint of David Weber's 1996 "Honor Among Enemies".
Ralf Brown located and Fred Galvin verified a 1977 cite from Donald Moffitt's "The Jupiter Theft".
Ralf Brown located and Daniel Frankham verified a cite from a 1981 reprint of Damien Broderick's 1980 "The Dreaming Dragons".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Harry Harrison's "The Stainless Steel Rat"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1960 first magazine appearance.
Jeff Prucher submitted a cite from a 2002 reprint of Iain M. Banks' 2000 "Look to Windward"
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