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LASER - Acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Although the first laser was actually built in 1960, the concept for a laser like device has been used by sci-fi writers since the early part of the century.

Laser Pistol - LOST IN SPACE

Because the laser can cut through steel and be used for anti-aircraft and satellite defense, it has been a natural weapon of choice for aliens and spacemen of all kinds.

On LOST IN SPACE/CBS/1965-68 the standard weapons onboard the spacecraft Jupiter II were laser hand guns and rifles.

On SPACE:1999/SYN/1975-77 the perimeter of Moonbase Alpha was protected by five computer remote-controlled laser cannons (with a range of 100 miles) and mobile lunar laser tanks.

In addition, all 311 men and women of Moonbase Alpha were given standard issued hand held stun guns that emitted a light beam. Security team members carried a special version of the gun that not only stunned but killed.

Lost in Space Laser Rifles
Lost in Space Laser Rifles

On BATTLESTAR GALACTICA/ABC/1978-80 laser cannons were mounted onboard the huge spaceship Galactica and its smaller colonial viper spacecrafts to thwart attacking Cylon fighters. On episode "Man With Nine Lives," a fanatical Borellian cult known as the "Nomen" used Laser Bolas which emitted a phosphorus like explosion when the two spinning balls finally collided on its target.

On U.F.O./SYN/1969 each invading UFO craft were equipped with a directional laser cannon. The aliens also used rapid fire rifles that released 200 explosive capsules per minute in either atmosphere or vacuum.

A Dalek from DOCTOR WHO

The British sci-fi series DOCTOR WHO/SYN/1963-90 featured an alien race known as the Daleks. They had long rifle like extensions on their salt & pepper shaped bodies that fired a killer laser beam. Their popular catchphrase was a garbled "Exterminate, Exterminate." See also "Phasers"


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