ray projector n.

a large ray gun n.


  • [1922 R. Cummings Fire People in Argosy All-Story Weekly 28 Oct. 700/1 page image Ray Cummings bibliography

    Mercer had been killed by a tiny light-ray projector, with a short, effective radius, aimed probably like a revolver.]

  • 1928 E. Hamilton Crashing Suns in Weird Tales Sept. 382/1 page image Edmond Hamilton

    My own flagship and the designated few agreed on were dipping swiftly toward the great tower-platform, where stood the ray-projector which we had fought our way from universe to universe to reach.

  • 1930 J. W. Campbell Black Star Passes in Amazing Stories Quarterly Fall 519/2 John W. Campbell, Jr. bibliography

    Earth and Venus were each equipped with gigantic ray projectors, mighty ray guns that could destroy anything, even a body as large as the moon, at a distance of ten thousand miles.

  • 1934 E. E. Smith Triplanetary in Amazing Stories Jan. 24/2 page image Edward E. Smith bibliography

    Costigan had seen that there was a third enemy…a pirate who was even then training a ray projector upon him.

  • 1956 β€˜R. Greer’ Calling Captain Flint in Amazing Stories Aug. 87/1 page image Richard Greer bibliography

    And was immediately caught in the chest by the hot, powerful beam of a semi-portable ray projector.

Research requirements

antedating 1928

Earliest cite

Edmond Hamilton

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1930 cite from John W. Campbell, Jr.'s "The Black Star Passes".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from Eric Frank Russell's "Somewhere a Voice".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1940 cite from D. D. Sharp's "The Lodestone Core".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Richard Greer's "Calling Captain Flint".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1960s reprint of Edmond Hamilton's "Crashing Suns": we would like to verify this in its first publication (Weird Tales, Aug/Sep 1928, probably in the September issue)
Fred Galvin submitted a 1922 cite from "The Fire People" by Ray Cummings, in the form "light-ray projector"

Besides antedatings, we would like to see cites later than 1960

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