Full record for energy weapon n.

Definition a weapon that fires a beam of energy
OED requirements antedating 1941
Earliest cite A.E. van Vogt, The Seesaw
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1941 cite from A.E. van Vogt's "The Seesaw".
Mike Christie submitted a 1944 cite from Frank Belknap Long's "Bridgehead".
Michael Dolbear submitted a cite from a 1997 reprint of David Weber's 1996 "Honor Among Enemies".
Ralf Brown located and Fred Galvin verified a 1977 cite from Donald Moffitt's "The Jupiter Theft".
Ralf Brown located and Daniel Frankham verified a cite from a 1981 reprint of Damien Broderick's 1980 "The Dreaming Dragons".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Harry Harrison's "The Stainless Steel Rat"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1960 first magazine appearance.
Jeff Prucher submitted a cite from a 2002 reprint of Iain M. Banks' 2000 "Look to Windward"
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Citations for energy weapon n.

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1941 A. E. van Vogt Seesaw in Astounding Sci. Fiction July 60/1 The window display was made up of an assortment of rather curiously shaped guns, rifles as well as small arms; and a glowing sign in the window stated: THE FINEST ENERGY WEAPONS IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE.
1944 F. B. Long Bridgehead in Astounding Sci. Fiction Aug. 124/1 The compact little energy weapon in the Interrogator's clasp tore a gaping hole in the giant's chest, spun him about, broke his back, and almost cut him in two.
1960 Astounding Sci. Fiction Apr. 100/1 There were no witnesses to the tragedy, but a number of monitor stations had picked up the discharge static of a large energy weapon being fired.
1977 D. Moffitt Jupiter Theft 167 The tubular thing was obviously an energy weapon of some sort.
1980 D. Broderick Dreaming Dragons (1981) 189 Into the effulgence of the arc-lit crystal mass, his plumage imperial, Anokersh huj Lers stepped like a prince. He bore no energy weapon; the people dared not risk such potency falling into the hands of the ferals.
1996 D. Weber Honor Among Enemies (1997) 488 Another light-second and a half, and she could bring the Manty under fire with her energy weapons.
2003 I. M. Banks Look To Windward iv. 70 They ran out into the rain; the building behind them burned and slumped and fell, turned to glowing slag by the energy weapons.