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October 25, 2017

I have mentioned in numerous places my interest in creating science fiction that relies on realistic physics wherever possible. Occasionally, this requires me to do some research on some unusual topics, and I thought I might share the results with you.

Today I am going to talk about lasers as weapons – specifically, how they work in fiction versus reality, and how effective a laser might be at punching a hole through a person. Most of my information comes from a variety of online sources, some less reputable than others (and therefore not strictly relied upon for hard facts), referenced at the bottom.

Laser weapons have been featured in sci-fi for close to a century now, and perhaps partly due to the fact that such weaponry was imagined before a real laser ever even came into being, most of the depictions of these weapons are wildly inaccurate. Of course, many games, books, and movies have avoided this inaccuracy by renaming the weaponry: blasters, rayguns, plasma rifles, disruptor c...

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