death ray


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death ray

n
an imaginary ray capable of killing

death ray

- Was a staple of (pulp) science fiction in the mid-20th century.
See also related terms for science fiction.
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With the aid of a magnifying glass in the back garden on a sunny day, you could also find out what would have happened to the Afrika Korps, had the Allies been equipped with a death ray - such simple fun.
NEW stories centred around a World War II death ray scientist who built a secret laboratory on a remote Swansea mountaintop have come to light.
It described a concept of firing lasers wherein the beams would converge into a single, more powerful laser beam, much like the Death Star's planet-killing death ray.
Fanning, a historian and teacher, documents the role of the death ray in popular culture from 1876 to 1939, focusing on reports in newspapers and magazines and appearances in novels, short stories, film, plays, pulp magazines, radio, and humor.
Elsewhere, Beyond The Death Ray goes nowhere with its ideas and comes across as a half-hearted interlude, but Wall Of Death ends proceedings as they began, an all-out energetic and hard rocking assault on the senses.
Monster's Mosh Halloween 2014 Killswitch Engage, with special guests All That Remains, Death Ray Vision, City Of Homes, 6:30 p.
At the time ministers wanted to develop a death ray which could boil enemy pilots alive in their cockpits but Watson-Watt used the opportunity to showcase his idea.
There was a popular French film about a guy who invents a death ray to kill anyone who bores him on television - especially politicians and pundits, etc.
Two episodes featured attempts to test historical accounts that Archimedes developed a death ray based on mirror/ mirrors concentrating the sun's radiant energy into a tactical weapon.
1378705#ixzz2WrRlneSJ) Daily News reported that Cuomo was an unnamed government official who the defendants planned to kill with the so-called death ray.
And there's no Davros from the planet Skaro to turn to for the leadership that could lift them up by their boot-straps (or death ray 'sink plungers').
They were rubbish elves, like the ones in the film Elf, with no combat skills, and consequently were no match for Rudolph's death ray.