Your favourite SF weapons and devices...

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Warped9, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. ProtoAvatar

    ProtoAvatar Fleet Captain

    Feb 24, 2008
    The most useless well known SF weapon is, without doubt, the lightsaber.

    What's the most useful? A time machine.
    The coolest? This changes with the mood: nanotechnology, lighthuggers (creative near-light-speed propulsion) niven's indestructible transparent ships, banks' orbitals, etc.
  2. J.T.B.

    J.T.B. Rear Admiral Premium Member

    Jun 14, 2005
    To me the best SF weapon is Deckerd's pistol from Blade Runner. I don't know what it's supposed to be, it has two triggers and apparently throws exploding shells (one trigger for explosive, one for regular slugs?). Anyway it has a very cool, realistic and menacing bulky presence to it. I believe it was built from the receiver of a Steyr bolt-action rifle (which has a set trigger), with a wood grip, short barrel and various doo-dads added on.

    In a similar vein, Star Wars had great weapons because they were made from real guns, so they had a very real-world weight and look to them, with spots of wear and so on. My favorite was always Solo's blaster, made from a Mauser C96 semi-automatic pistol. It was one of the first successful autoloading pistols, and looks pretty ungainly compared to the Browning designs that came after it, but with scope, muzzle cone &c. added on, its weird bulk is just about perfect as a SF blaster.

    The TOS phaser II is just a classic, clean, almost art-deco design. It always caught my eye as a kid for having a short part out front and a long part in the back, the opposite of real and most fictional handguns. That just seemed really futuristic to me and I will always love that design.

    I always liked the Logan's Run "blow torch" blasters as a kid. Did I read they ran on carbide gas? The sound was almost as cool as the muzzle blast. But the novel had a different Sandman weapon that always intrigued me. It was described as basically an updated Old West revolver, but each chamber held a different type of load, some lethal, some less so, and the cylinder could be rotated to fire a different projectile as the situation dictated. I can still remember their names, too: Ripper, nitro, vapor, tangler, needler, and homer. I don't remember what each one did, though, except for homer, which once fired could single out, track and kill a specific person.

  3. God Magnus

    God Magnus Commodore Commodore

    Jul 10, 2001
    A world where criminals operate above the law...
  4. Nardpuncher

    Nardpuncher Rear Admiral

    Nov 17, 2003
  5. PointyHairedJedi

    PointyHairedJedi Vice Admiral Admiral

    Feb 21, 2003
    Behind you...
    Well who wouldn't want a TARDIS. Throw in a De-Mat Gun, and I'd be all set for galactic domination!