Full record for graser n.

Definition a device that produces a beam of gamma radiation, usually as an energy weapon. Acronym from gamma ray amplification by stimulated emission of radiation
OED requirements any evidence 1964
Earliest cite Wallace Cloud, "Science Newsfront"
Comment Brian Denehy submitted a cite from a 1999 reprint of David Weber's "On Basilisk Station".
Michael Dolbear submitted a 2004 cite from a reprint of Charles Stross's "Singularity Sky".
Michael Dolbear submitted a 2002 cite from a reprint of Alastair Reynolds's "Revelation Space".
Michael Dolbear located, and Malcolm Farmer verified, a 1974 cite from Harlan Ellison's "Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54' N, Longitude 77° 00' 13" W".
Douglas Winston submitted a 2004 cite from Wil McCarthy's "Lost in Transmission" Adam Buchbinder submitted a February 1964 cite from the "Science Newsfront" column in "Popular Science"

We would like further cites of any date from other authors (particularly from stories not set in the "Honor Harrington" universe)

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Citations for graser n.

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1964 W. Cloud Science Newsfront in Pop. Sci. Feb. 29/1 Graser research might bring forth the ‘death ray’ that the laser falls short of, since gamma rays are dangerous to living tissue.
1974 H. Ellison Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54′ N, Longitude 77° 00′ 13″ W in Mag. Fantasy and Sci. Fiction Oct. 59/1 Victor let Talbot study them for a long moment, then said, "Not lasers. Grasers. Gamma Ray Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
1999 D. Weber On Basilisk Station 21 ‘How much broadside armament did it cost us?’ she asked after a moment. ‘All four graser mounts,’ McKeon replied, and watched her shoulders tighten slightly.
2000 A. Reynolds Revelation Space 547 The first graser burst had hit the nose of the shuttle thirty seconds after the tactical attack siren had begun to shriek; barely enough time to throw off a cloud of ablative chaff, designed to dissipate the intital energies of the incoming gamma-ray photons.
2002 A. Reynolds Redemption Ark xxv. 369 The yields were about one hundredth of a crustbuster burst, which was sufficient to power a particle beam or graser with a five-light-second kill range.
2004 W. McCarthy Lost in Transmission xxiii. 302 We can repel your grasers and nasen beams.
2004 C. Stross Singularity Sky 129 The ship sensed some of her underlying mood: a target selection cursor ghosted briefly across the enemy glyphs, locking grasers onto the distant projected light cones of the enemy flotilla.
2006 V. Vinge Rainbow's End xv. 168 NIR lasers are not for them. They want xlaser and graser gear, trillions of colors per path, and trillions of paths.
2006 N. Asher Polity Agent ix. 200 Massive weapons turrets protruded from it out into space: housing racks of missiles as large as attack ships; thinking bombs whose prime purpose had been to fight their way to exotic-metal hulls and detonate; particle-beam cannons gaping like cavern throats; rail-guns that could fill nearby space with swarms of ceramal projectiles travelling at near-c; lasers, grasers, masers.