|Definition||a weapon that produces a very narrow beam of energy; or, one who operates such a weapon|
|OED requirements||antedating 1937|
|Comment||Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1985 reprint of Richard Meredith's "Run, Come See Jerusalem!" We would like to check the 1976 first edition.
Ethan Merritt submitted a cite from a 1968 reprint of Andre Norton's "Star Hunter"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1961 first edition.
Bill Snyder submitted a 1965 cite from H. Beam Piper's "Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen".
Bill Snyder submitted a cite from a reprint of Keith Laumer's "Plague of Demons"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1964 first magazine appearance.
Bill Snyder submitted a cite from a reprint of H. Beam Piper's "Police Operation"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1948 original magazine version.
Mike Stone identified a cite in Eric Frank Russell's "Men, Martians and Machines"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1943 first magazine appearance.
Stuart Gale submitted a cite from E.E. Smith's "Galactic Patrol"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1937 first magazine appearance.
Enoch Forrester submitted a 1983 cite from David Brin's "Startide Rising".
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|1937 E. E. Smith in Astounding Stories Sept. 23/1||‘Needlers, fire at will!’barked Kinnison, and even that feeble resistance was ended. Keen-eyed needle-ray men, working at spy-ray visiplates, bored hole after hole into the captive, seeking out and destroying the control-panels of the remaining beams and screens.|
|1948 H. B. Piper in Astounding Sci. Fiction July 14/1||A couple of policemen in green uniforms, with ultrasonic paralyzers dangling by thongs from their left wrists and holstered sigma-ray needlers like the one on the desk inside the dome, were kidding with some girls in vivid orange and scarlet and green smocks.|
|1948 H. B. Piper Police Operation in Astounding Sci. Fiction July 17/2||This chance acquaintance develops into a love affair, and a year later, out of jealousy, she rays you half a dozen times with a needler.|
|1953 G. O. Smith Stop, Look and Dig in Space Sci. Fiction Mar. 57/1||I came back with one of his needle-rays and burned the contents of the safe to a black char. I stirred up the ashes with the nose of the needler and then left it in the safe after wiping it clean on my handkerchief.|
|1961 ‘A. Norton’ Star Hunter 32||Chambriss carried a needler, Starns was unarmed except for a small protection stunner, his tri-dee box slung on his chest by well-worn carrying straps.|
|1961 A. Norton Star Hunter 33||Hume went forward, jerked the needler dart from a tree trunk. ‘But don't shoot again—not unless you are sure of what you are aiming at!’|
|1964 K. Laumer in Worlds of If Sci. Fiction Nov. 20/2||In a buttoned-down pocket, I found a 2 mm needler, smaller and lighter than the standard Navy model I normally carried.|
|1965 H. B. Piper Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen 13||He picked up a sigma-ray needler from the desk in front of him and holstered it.|
|1976 R. C. Meredith Run, Come See Jerusalem! (1985) 24||Fulford's eyes went back to the sheet of paper, reading it slowly, and while he did, his hand went to the needler stuck in his waistband; an old custom, going back to the days before the Lay Brothers of St. Wilson could afford holsters for their stolen weapons, was this habit of carrying a pistol in the waistband of his trousers.|
|1976 R. C. Meredith Run, Come See Jerusalem! 12||Another locker‥disgorged a long, ugly, ornately decorated 8.5mm Weatherby Magnum semiautomatic rifle‥and a snub-nosed 4mm Colt Special needler.|
|1983 D. Brin Startide Rising 386||He checked his weapon. The needler only had a few shots left.|
|1987 R. Rucker Wetware in R. Rucker Live Robots (1994) 340||‘Go away,’ said Della, showing him the needler attached to her belt.|
|1995 A. D. Foster Mid-Flinx 33||Both men drew compact needlers. ‘They're set to stun, and I don't think she's faster than a needle beam.’|