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1st Aug '16 5:15:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* A 1927 Russian novel by AlekseyTolstoy (relative of [[WarAndPeace Leo Tolstoy]]) called ''The Hyperboloid of Engineer Garin'' (AKA ''The Garin Death Ray'') has the titular engineer invent a device which focuses beams of light using two hyperboloid mirrors into a single destructive beam, which can, at full power, obliterate a warship on the horizon. Naturally, he uses it to try to TakeOverTheWorld. Which is a mistake, as hyperboloids don't focus light rays into a single point. ''Paraboloids'' do. Also, that only works if the incoming rays are parallel.

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* A 1927 Russian novel by AlekseyTolstoy Creator/AlekseyTolstoy (relative of [[WarAndPeace Leo Tolstoy]]) Creator/LeoTolstoy) called ''The Hyperboloid of Engineer Garin'' (AKA ''The Garin Death Ray'') has the titular engineer invent a device which focuses beams of light using two hyperboloid mirrors into a single destructive beam, which can, at full power, obliterate a warship on the horizon. Naturally, he uses it to try to TakeOverTheWorld. Which is a mistake, as hyperboloids don't focus light rays into a single point. ''Paraboloids'' do. Also, that only works if the incoming rays are parallel.
12th Jul '16 12:26:50 PM REV6Pilot
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* The Dispersion Pistol from ''VideoGame/UnrealI'' qualifies in certain ways. It fires blasts of what can be only classified as pure harmful energy (the game never states what it actually ''is'' that it fires), and the fully upgraded version, with the Energy Amplifier item active, was a OneHitKill on '''''everything''' including the FinalBoss'' before an ObviousRulePatch was released for it.
28th Jun '16 4:12:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheChroniclesOfProfessorJackBaling'' Jack’s first invention as a mad scientist is one of these. Extra points for being housed in his wife’s hair dryer, so not only can it convert a kitchen island into ash with a red beam of light, it does so while being pearlescent pink with stylized purple flowers.

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* In ''TheChroniclesOfProfessorJackBaling'' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfProfessorJackBaling'' Jack’s first invention as a mad scientist is one of these. Extra points for being housed in his wife’s hair dryer, so not only can it convert a kitchen island into ash with a red beam of light, it does so while being pearlescent pink with stylized purple flowers.



* In a StarTrekExpandedUniverse novel, ''The Last Stand'', Riker and Troi infiltrate a Kreen [[GenerationShips generation ship]] in order to find out their plans. A Kreen engineer takes a liking to Troi and shows her a "secret project" designed to help them defeat anyone (presumably, even the ''Enterprise''). It looks vaguely like a weapon. Troi, in an attempt to get more information, asks if it's some sort of "death ray". However, it turns out that the Kreen leaders have known about Riker and Troi and have deliberately set up the "weapon" (which is nothing more than a telescope with added junk to make it look like a weapon) to convince them and get them to return to the ''Enterprise''. The real weapon is a virus that was meant to infect the ''Enterprise'' crew. What the Kreen didn't count on was the transporter bio-filters detecting and removing the virus during the beam-out.

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* In a StarTrekExpandedUniverse ''Literature/StarTrekExpandedUniverse'' novel, ''The Last Stand'', Riker and Troi infiltrate a Kreen [[GenerationShips generation ship]] in order to find out their plans. A Kreen engineer takes a liking to Troi and shows her a "secret project" designed to help them defeat anyone (presumably, even the ''Enterprise''). It looks vaguely like a weapon. Troi, in an attempt to get more information, asks if it's some sort of "death ray". However, it turns out that the Kreen leaders have known about Riker and Troi and have deliberately set up the "weapon" (which is nothing more than a telescope with added junk to make it look like a weapon) to convince them and get them to return to the ''Enterprise''. The real weapon is a virus that was meant to infect the ''Enterprise'' crew. What the Kreen didn't count on was the transporter bio-filters detecting and removing the virus during the beam-out.
25th Jun '16 9:28:59 AM ProfessorDetective
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:: It's hard to say which is truer to Wells' original idea. The original novel's heat ray was described as being invisible and a straight, thin line of heat. The former got the "heat" part right, but the latter got the "straight, thin" part right.

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:: ** It's hard to say which is truer to Wells' original idea. The original novel's heat ray was described as being invisible and a straight, thin line of heat. The former got the "heat" part right, but the latter got the "straight, thin" part right.
10th Jun '16 1:31:09 PM Doug86
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* Another ray-weapon of WorldWarII vintage which can and will kill something which is organic is the ubiquitous radar. If the radar waves (which are actually microwaves) can be focused on an organic target, they can fry it quickly. In normal conditions, radar waves are less focused and do not penetrate metal due to the way they work and do not have enough energy to kill, but very large radar installations may be very dangerous for their crews and anyone in close proximity.

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* Another ray-weapon of WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII vintage which can and will kill something which is organic is the ubiquitous radar. If the radar waves (which are actually microwaves) can be focused on an organic target, they can fry it quickly. In normal conditions, radar waves are less focused and do not penetrate metal due to the way they work and do not have enough energy to kill, but very large radar installations may be very dangerous for their crews and anyone in close proximity.
21st May '16 8:26:27 PM erforce
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* The sweet, sweet (if power-ravenous) [[http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/Gluon_Gun Gluon Gun]] in ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', called the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Egon]] in the game files.

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* The sweet, sweet (if power-ravenous) [[http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/Gluon_Gun Gluon Gun]] in ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', called the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} [[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} Egon]] in the game files.
17th Apr '16 1:03:13 PM EDP
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* The Evronians of ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' have their standard sidearms, the Evronguns. They normally drain someone's emotions, but Grrodon explains they can be set to drain someone's life energy, thus fulfilling the trope.
3rd Apr '16 11:48:42 AM HeSupplanted
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->'''Henry:''' It's not a death ray.\\
'''Jack:''' But it's a ray, right?\\
'''Henry:''' Yes...\\
'''Jack:''' That causes instant death?\\
'''Henry:''' Yes...\\
'''Jack:''' How is that ''not'' a death ray?
-->-- ''Series/{{Eureka}}''
2nd Apr '16 11:53:16 AM doomguy
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* In Dan Simmons' ''Literature/HyperionCantos'' books Death Ray weapons, created by the mysterious AIs of the Core, are exclusive to officers of FORCE, the military of the Hegemony of Man. Nobody quite knows how they work and there are no visible effects, but they undoubtedly kill anyone targeted by them. Later the smaller gun-type weaponry is joined by ship-to-ship Death Rays that work at interplanetary distances and even a Death Ray bomb, which is supposedly capable of killing anything within several light years.

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* In Dan Simmons' ''Literature/HyperionCantos'' books Death Ray weapons, ''Literature/HyperionCantos'':
**Deathwands,
created by the mysterious AIs of the Core, are exclusive Technocore and exclusively issued to officers of FORCE, the military of the Hegemony of Man. Nobody quite knows how they work and there are work; they kill every human within their effective range, with no visible effects, but they undoubtedly kill anyone targeted by them. Later wounding effect, while leaving everything else in range intact.
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the smaller gun-type weaponry is joined by ship-to-ship Death Rays that work at interplanetary distances and even second book the Core ambassador tries to convince the Hegemony leadership to use a Death Ray new Deathwand bomb, which is supposedly capable of killing anything within several light years.years, to destroy the Ouster invasion force in Hyperion system.
**Ship-to-ship Deathbeams exist in the Pax era in addition to the handheld Deathwands.
22nd Mar '16 5:49:22 AM REV6Pilot
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* ''VideoGame/{{Blood}} II: The Chosen'' features a secret weapon with this exact name. It looks a lot like a rifle carried by LittleGreenMen in 50's ScienceFiction stories, and it fires hitscan green [[ReflectiveLaser laser beams that reflect off most surfaces]]. Its SecondaryFire is nothing to write home about, but the very efficient primary fire makes this a substitute for the [[LightningGun Tesla Cannon]] (whose primary consumes 2 chemical battery units for a slower projectile that deals ''less'' damage than a Death Ray beam, which costs one) all the same. [[GuideDangIt You just have to explore very carefully to find it]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Blood}} II: The Chosen'' features a secret weapon with this exact name. It looks a lot like a rifle carried by LittleGreenMen in 50's ScienceFiction stories, and it fires hitscan green [[ReflectiveLaser [[ReflectingLaser laser beams that reflect off most surfaces]]. Its SecondaryFire is nothing to write home about, but the very efficient primary fire makes this a substitute for the [[LightningGun Tesla Cannon]] (whose primary consumes 2 chemical battery units for a slower projectile that deals ''less'' damage than a Death Ray beam, which costs one) all the same. [[GuideDangIt You just have to explore very carefully to find it]].
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