Saturday, September 11, 2010

Directed energy weapons

Those who know me know I'm not usually one for hard science; I can still remember all the experiments I irredeemably screwed up in highschool physics class. But, a dork at heart, I was still fascinated by this article on directed energy weapons and their applications.

The article is a little out of date, but it is nonetheless an excellent primer on the subject of weaponized lasers and microwaves--a must for any writers of science fiction or space fantasy out there. My personal favourite "realistical" deathray is the electrolaser!

Andrew Gudgel, one of the authors, has a great new story called "Tags" up at Flash Fiction Online. Check it out! And then gives thanks to the Internet for the blessing of linking.

-bn

2 comments:

  1. Pain Rays are more dramatic. We already have plenty of ways to kill people, we need innovation on the cause a lot of pain front. Bonus points for annoying sound effects.

    Anyways, buck up and live for the moment.

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  2. Well, they've got those microwave blasters mounted on humvees now. It makes you feel like you're burning, except... you're not.

    If they attached a boombox to the humvee and played that "do you believe in life after love" song by Cher, over and over again, I think that would pretty much take the cake. The soundtrack would actually intensify the pain.

    -bn

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