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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Wallace's eyes shoot a death ray directly at O'Reilly.
5SureFire's Guardian is a two-lensed death ray of light!
Astaple of science fiction has long been the "death ray." Point an odd-looking weapon at an alien, pull the trigger, and ZAP!, the monster is vaporized.
The guardians/police officers reminded me of Victorian constables in their tunics but carried a death ray gun just in case they were ever upset.
Wild West cowboys or Napoleonic Imperial Guard?" 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.
Antonia Bannister News Reporter antonia.bannister@trinitymirror.com AN exotoc binary star system has been uncovered by Coventry researchers where one star blasts its companion with a 'death ray' every two minutes.
JASON YUNGBLUTH'S WEAPON BROWN OMNIBUS By Jason Yungbluth (Author and Illustrator) Death Ray Graphics (Publisher)
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.
However, if anyone can claim to have "invented" radar, then the accolade must go to Watson-Watt, who was initially asked to invent a "death ray" to shoot down enemy aircraft.
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.