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7th Dec '17 12:27:06 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Literature/BestServedCold'': The supernatural ProfessionalKiller Shenkt uses his BulletTime ability to elongate and savor the quality time he spends with his beloved.
11th Oct '17 10:32:27 AM intastiel
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** In the ''Edgedancer'' novella, it's mentioned that the entire city of Yeddaw -- built into a vast web of deep trenches, to protect it from the Highstorms -- was excavated by renting the Imperial Shardblades. Ancient, tremendously valuable, {{Absurdly Sharp|Blade}} [[SoulCuttingBlade Soul-Cutting Blades]] might be the ultimate mark of prestige for a noble house, but they're also quite handy for public works projects.
1st Jul '17 10:48:16 AM JMQwilleran
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* In ''Aleca Zamm is a Wonder'', a children's chapter book, a girl named Aleca Zamm gains the ability to [[TimeStandsStill stop time]] just by saying her name. Upon learning she can do this, she uses it for stuff like playing pranks on her {{Jerkass}} math teacher, principal and classmates, cheating on a math test, and getting a couple of hours of extra sleep in the morning. At least, until her Great Aunt Zephyr, who has the power of {{Teleportation}} shows up and puts a stop to this, offering herself as a mentor.
17th Jun '17 10:11:33 AM nombretomado
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* KurtVonnegut's ''Literature/CatsCradle'', which gives us "ice-nine", a revolutionary chemical that freezes at room temperature and immediately freezes any liquid substance that it comes in contact with. As revolutionary as it is, it was only created by the US Army so that they would have a way to freeze mud instantly, and soldiers wouldn't have to spend so much time slogging through the mud and getting their boots dirty. [[spoiler: At the end, it wipes out all life on Earth when someone accidentally drops it into the ocean and freezes the ocean solid, causing a global climate meltdown. Oops..]]

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* KurtVonnegut's Creator/KurtVonnegut's ''Literature/CatsCradle'', which gives us "ice-nine", a revolutionary chemical that freezes at room temperature and immediately freezes any liquid substance that it comes in contact with. As revolutionary as it is, it was only created by the US Army so that they would have a way to freeze mud instantly, and soldiers wouldn't have to spend so much time slogging through the mud and getting their boots dirty. [[spoiler: At the end, it wipes out all life on Earth when someone accidentally drops it into the ocean and freezes the ocean solid, causing a global climate meltdown. Oops..]]
9th Jun '17 7:36:00 PM MazeMaker
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* In the short story ''The Gun Without a Bang'' by Robert Sheckley, the protagonist finds himself stranded on a remote planet, forcing him to survive in the wild. Fortunately, he has a prototype disintegration gun for protection, capable of instantly vaporizing its target. Unfortunately, it does little to deter a pack of wild dog-like aliens that are hunting him (since it [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin doesn't make a bang]] to scare them off), so he resorts to an old-fashioned bow and arrows. When he's finally found and his rescuers ask how the gun worked, he says he couldn't have survived without it ... because he was using it as a hammer to drive sharp defensive stakes into the ground around his camp.

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* In the short story ''The "The Gun Without a Bang'' Bang" by Robert Sheckley, the protagonist finds himself stranded on a remote planet, forcing him to survive in the wild. Fortunately, he has a prototype disintegration gun for protection, capable of instantly vaporizing its target. Unfortunately, it does little to deter a pack of wild dog-like aliens that are hunting him (since it [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin doesn't make a bang]] to scare them off), so he resorts to an old-fashioned bow and arrows. When he's finally found and his rescuers ask how the gun worked, he says he couldn't have survived without it ... because he was using it as a hammer to drive sharp defensive stakes into the ground around his camp.
9th Jun '17 7:34:31 PM MazeMaker
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* In the short story ''The Gun Without a Bang'' by Robert Sheckley, the protagonist finds himself stranded on a remote planet, forcing him to survive in the wild. Fortunately, he has a prototype disintegration gun for protection, capable of instantly vaporizing its target. Unfortunately, it does little to deter a pack of wild dog-like aliens that are hunting him (since it [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin doesn't make a bang]] to scare them off), so he resorts to an old-fashioned bow and arrows. When he's finally found and his rescuers ask how the gun worked, he says he couldn't have survived without it ... because he was using it as a hammer to drive sharp defensive stakes into the ground around his camp.
8th May '17 6:24:02 PM Sharlee
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** In the same novel, a wizard moonlights as an auctioneer, because rattling off high-speed "bid calling" chant is dead easy for someone who's mastered the tongue-tangling polysyllables of spellcasting.
15th Apr '17 7:25:40 AM Divra
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*** Then again, when it comes to Mundane Utility, MugglesDoItBetter, and wizards are, because of the nature of their powes, cut off from large chunks of technological society. Candle-lighting spell, check. Electric lights, nope. Fireballs, check. Water heater, nope. Teleportation, Check, aeroplanes, nope. Telepathy, check, cellphones, nope. Intellect spirits, check, internet, nope. For most of the series, Harry drives a Frankensteinian WV Beetle, which is the only car he can keep running six days a week, fries computers by being in the same room and at one point cut a deal with the shadow of a FallenAngel for the illusion of a hot shower (something he hasn't had since his teens). Harry sometimes pontificates about if magic really is worth it.
10th Apr '17 5:44:38 PM nombretomado
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* Done by all [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Others]] in SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch''. A good number of spells are specifically designed for domestic uses and are fairly simple to cast even by low-level Others. All female Others use magic instead of conventional makeup (except Svetlana, who reveals in ''New Watch'' that she has stopped using magic outside of the apartment in order to retain her humanity). There are spells for slicing vegetables, shaving, ironing, wiping dust, etc. It's mentioned that every Other tries to be clever and use a domestic spell in combat. However, dedicated battle spells are much faster to cast and can be "hot-keyed" to fingers. On the other hand, old and experienced battle mages have learned how to use these domestic spells to end battles very quickly and unpleasantly in a CombatPragmatist fashion (as Anton states, most magical battles involve mages hidden behind Mage Shields hurling fireballs at one another to no effect). How would an Other feel if he or she suddenly felt like ''they'' were being ironed instead of a shirt? Or if a millimeter of their skin was suddenly gone with a Peel spell? Most Others also use their ability to predict future events to avoid traffic.

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* Done by all [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Others]] in SergeyLukyanenko's Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch''. A good number of spells are specifically designed for domestic uses and are fairly simple to cast even by low-level Others. All female Others use magic instead of conventional makeup (except Svetlana, who reveals in ''New Watch'' that she has stopped using magic outside of the apartment in order to retain her humanity). There are spells for slicing vegetables, shaving, ironing, wiping dust, etc. It's mentioned that every Other tries to be clever and use a domestic spell in combat. However, dedicated battle spells are much faster to cast and can be "hot-keyed" to fingers. On the other hand, old and experienced battle mages have learned how to use these domestic spells to end battles very quickly and unpleasantly in a CombatPragmatist fashion (as Anton states, most magical battles involve mages hidden behind Mage Shields hurling fireballs at one another to no effect). How would an Other feel if he or she suddenly felt like ''they'' were being ironed instead of a shirt? Or if a millimeter of their skin was suddenly gone with a Peel spell? Most Others also use their ability to predict future events to avoid traffic.
8th Apr '17 1:05:32 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[{{Redwall}} The Legend of Luke]]'', Martin uses his sword (yes, the legendary artifact regarded as magic in later books) to cut a cake. Then there's the famous line, "See this magical sword? Did you know it has the power to make pretty hare maidens happy?"...

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* In ''[[{{Redwall}} ''[[{{Literature/Redwall}} The Legend of Luke]]'', Martin uses his sword (yes, the legendary artifact regarded as magic in later books) to cut a cake. Then there's the famous line, "See this magical sword? Did you know it has the power to make pretty hare maidens happy?"...
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