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The Best Fictional Doomsday Devices

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the doom-proof dept.

Sci-Fi 340

Ostracus writes to tell us that Wired has an interesting summary of some of the best fictional doomsday devices. These devices have featured heavily in movies, television, and fiction; their list includes favorites from Dr. Strangelove to Futurama. What devices have they missed? "By the time Futurama's sci-fi satire hit the scene, creator Matt Groening had the doomsday-device shtick down. Case in point: the Spheroboom. This highly explosive space/time-bending device isn't just the prized jewel of the show's mad scientist, Professor Farnsworth. It also destroys anyone/anything not wearing a 'Doom-proof Platinum Vest.'"

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Wired slideshow (5, Informative)

WK2 (1072560) | more than 5 years ago | (#25745825)

It's a Wired slideshow, on 8 separate pages. If you value your time, don't even bother to RTFA. If you don't value your time, please try to find an "all on one page" version for the rest of us.

Re:Wired slideshow (2, Funny)

windsurfer619 (958212) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746415)

Maybe we should get a "Stupid (useful) things to do with fictional doomsday devices" discussion. You know, condense it.

ICE-9 (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25745827)

ice-9 [wikipedia.org] : Maybe not intended to be a doomsday device, but it sure turned out to be one!

Re:ICE-9 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25745891)

I love Ice-9 because it keeps my drink cold.

Re:ICE-9 (4, Informative)

Psiren (6145) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746249)

Again, not strictly a doomsday device, but nevertheless, the Lazy Gun [wikipedia.org] is the most ingenious weapon ever inventerised!

Re:ICE-9 (1)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746577)

ice-9 [wikipedia.org] : Maybe not intended to be a doomsday device, but it sure turned out to be one!

Spoiler warning, the first paragraph pretty much gives away the end of the book. Stupid wikipedia.. :(

Re:ICE-9 (3, Insightful)

3p1ph4ny (835701) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746601)

Yeah, but who can honestly say they haven't read Cat's Cradle? I think that's an automatic revocation of geekness.

Re:ICE-9 (1)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746665)

Yeah, but who can honestly say they haven't read Cat's Cradle? I think that's an automatic revocation of geekness.

I'm guilty of not reading it. I'll pick it up on the way home today though, I'm tired of reading Palahniuk novels.

hey what about Farscape (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25745849)

it was a nice weapon!

MEGA MAID! (4, Funny)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 5 years ago | (#25745861)

mega maid/spaceball one has to be the single most potent weapon in the universe.

it is literally breathtaking.

Ren & Stimpy - History Eraser Button (4, Funny)

jimbo3123 (320148) | more than 5 years ago | (#25745877)

The History Eraser Button from Ren and Stimpy, Hands Down.

Don't Touch It!!
You Fool.

Re:Ren & Stimpy - History Eraser Button (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746219)

Also Ozymandias' psychic brain monster from The Watchmen. Making everybody go crazy and kill each other is a cool idea but the monster is one of the stupidest-looking doomsday devices I've ever seen.

Getting back to Ren and Stimpy, The Watchmen's brain monster looks a lot like the brain monsters from the Ren and Stimpy episode "Marooned" [tripod.com] .

Re:Ren & Stimpy - History Eraser Button (1)

the_fat_kid (1094399) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746361)

What's it do?

Maybe some thing good...

maybe some thing bad...

that's just it, we'll never konw.
because YOU'RE not going to touch it,
are you?

WMD Dictionary (1)

sc4ry4nt (1331937) | more than 5 years ago | (#25745879)

Bush could have done with this a few years back or what?

Re:WMD Dictionary (4, Funny)

try_anything (880404) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746623)

"We have solid everdense that Eye-rack, heh heh heh, uh, 'scuse me, Eye-rack possesses a, er, Helo, er, Halo, Hello, er, sumthinerother. Halo my baby, Halo my darling, halo my, er, gonna bomb their asses. Gonna bomb their asses back to the, um, bombed age. Cuz' that's what happens when you threaten 'muricans with Hellos of Mass Destruction."

The Doomsday Machine - Star Trek - missing one (5, Informative)

ACK!! (10229) | more than 5 years ago | (#25745907)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Doomsday_Machine_(TOS_episode) [wikipedia.org] Overview: The starship Enterprise plays a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with an alien planet-killing machine. Come on if you cannot list a Star Trek episode where is the geek cred?

Re:The Doomsday Machine - Star Trek - missing one (1)

David Off (101038) | more than 5 years ago | (#25745939)

Yes, for me that is the grand daddy of SciFi doomsday machines (apart from Pandora's box) Scared me silly at 8 years old to think that thing might be out there somewhere

Doomsday machine clip [youtube.com]

Lexx (2, Interesting)

aXi (6533) | more than 5 years ago | (#25745931)

Lexx, The most powerful spaceship in the two universes.

Simply known as 'Lexx's weapon' that is powerful enough to be a planet killer.

The Lexx is a bio-engineered, Manhattan-sized, planet-destroying, bioship in the shape of a giant wingless dragonfly, or to the remotely Freudian eye, a phallus. It was grown by ingesting organ collections from the protein bank on the Cluster, the seat of the Divine Order, for use by His Divine Shadow. The Lexx was originally intended as the ultimate deterrent: the threat of a weapon that could instantly obliterate any planet would keep the remaining "Heretic" worlds of the Light Universe in line, and those that refused to capitulate would be summarily destroyed to reinforce the point. This plan was foiled when the crew commandeered it to escape from the Cluster.

The most important function of the Lexx is its ability to destroy entire planets with a single, high-powered blast. Its primary â" and only â" weapon is initiated by command from the captain only, followed by a highly dramatic sequence when the Ocular Parabola found on the surface of its eye tissue flips from a smooth surfaced dome into a complex array of satellite dish-like structures. Huge amounts of yellowish-orange particles are released en masse from the array and focused by Lexx's nervous system to a point just above its mouth. Once focused, the particles burst into a massive, forward-moving, planar wave which expands ahead of the Lexx exponentially until colliding with an object of sufficient mass to disperse it, usually a planet. The wave instantly vaporizes smaller ships without losing momentum. Though the Lexx is designed to destroy entire planets, it can fire less intense blasts to hit smaller targets; however, the smallest area it seems capable of destroying is roughly the size of an entire city.

A special living energy being known as the "key" is required to control the Lexx, and it will usually only respond to the one who has it. A special holographic hand-scanner on the bridge confirms that the captain of the ship possesses the key, but after this point the captain can control the Lexx through voice commands.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexx [wikipedia.org]

Re:Lexx (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746121)

Proving once again that if you're going to build a superweapon, at least put in enough security to keep your class-4 security guards from stealing it.

knew it had to happen (5, Insightful)

lambent (234167) | more than 5 years ago | (#25745935)

/. had for long been one of the last holdouts against this type of "journalistic" garbage.

glad to see you lasted so long, guys. sad to see you give in and publicize this useless junk.

articles like this with absolutely no substance at all don't belong here. i may as well just go look at reddit or fark for this type of stuff.

Re:knew it had to happen (1)

0-until-pink (202599) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746535)

articles like this with absolutely no substance at all don't belong here.

"Here" meaning on your desktop or on Slashdot?

Either way adjust your preferences to filter out "Entertainment" stories.

Your focus determines your reality.

Re:knew it had to happen (1)

ethicalBob (1023525) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746697)

/. had for long been one of the last holdouts against this type of "journalistic" garbage. glad to see you lasted so long, guys. sad to see you give in and publicize this useless junk. articles like this with absolutely no substance at all don't belong here.

Are we reading the same slashdot??

knew it had to happen-coming out. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25746775)

Now, now. Slashdot's had plenty of "top ten" lists. All of them's been meant to be light entertainment. The "substance" to them is that they promote discussion. Usually by someone complaining their favorite isn't included.

Monty Phyton (5, Informative)

Andr T. (1006215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25745953)

You missed the funniest joke in the world [wikipedia.org] !!!!

Re:Monty Python (1)

wisty (1335733) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746139)

*sigh* you beat me to it. It's sad how pretty much all of them were "the big huge nuclear laser device". Why not just include Dr Evil's "Giant Laser"? Dark Reign had the desiccator - a catalyst that destroyed all water on the planet. The Reality Dysfuntion had so many doomsday devices (the amok humans, the device, swarms of nukes, Lanton's stunts) I lost count (and I've only read the first book in the series). The Neverending Story had the Blight - that was cool. Jurassic Park had raptors (not strictly a doomsday device, but I think there someone at the NO IT AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Ayn Rands Ray Gun? (1)

ashraya (632661) | more than 5 years ago | (#25745991)

Surprised no one has mentioned the 'Ray Gun' from Atlas Shrugged?


Re:Ayn Rands Ray Gun? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25746507)

As opposed to the Raygun inspired by her, you mean?

One that should have made the list (1)

SIR_Taco (467460) | more than 5 years ago | (#25745999)

Spaceballs Mega Maid! What could strike more fear in a population than a giant space-maid with a vacuum cleaner than could suck all the air out of a planet?!

Let the 'suck' jokes commence.....

Re:One that should have made the list (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746043)

Let the 'suck' jokes commence.....

I bet she could suck a planet through a garden hose!

Just ask an alien... (4, Funny)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746015)

P-36 Explosive Space Modulator.

Re:Just ask an alien... (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746213)

Good call, but at least get the nomenclature right.

"Illudium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator" [tvacres.com]

Call it the wrong thing and there won't be "an Earth-shattering KABOOM!"

At least we know now why the Martians were so keen on securing the last supply in the universe of illudium phosdex [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Just ask an alien... (1)

PapaSmurph (249554) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746843)

I should have known I wasn't going to be fast enough to post a witty comment.

Oh well. Back to the ol' electronic brain.

Missing option (4, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746059)

3 Taco Bell burritos and a six-pack of Old Milwaukee. Devastation on a cosmological scale.

Re:Missing option (5, Funny)

nurbles (801091) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746699)

3 Taco Bell burritos and a six-pack of Old Milwaukee. Devastation on a cosmological scale.

sounds more like devastation on a colonological scale...

It is not a doomsday device unless ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25746079)

... it has a countdown on an LCD, and a big red button.

Mass Driver (3, Interesting)

T.E.D. (34228) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746083)

In Babylon-5 Harlan Ellison came up with mass drivers [wikia.com] as an immoral weapon of mass-destruction on a planet-wide scale. The idea is that you grab nearby asteroids and bombard a habitated planet with them at very high speed. Not only does it indiscriminately kill the population, but the dust kicked up prevents proper plant growth over the entire planet for years, perhaps decades.

Re:Mass Driver (2, Informative)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746299)

The Moties [wikipedia.org] had used asteroid bombardment in 1974.

Re:Mass Driver (2, Informative)

idontgno (624372) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746533)

The Loonies [wikipedia.org] were using mass-driver bombardment (albeit from the Moon) in 1966.

I don't know if that's the first occurrance of orbital bombardment by mass driver in SF history; I'm trying to do a quick Google survey between interruptions, but I'm not making any progress. (Too many interruptions, too little "between".)

Shadow planet killer... (2, Interesting)

ClayJar (126217) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746091)

The best doomsday device has to be the Shadow planet killer. Why? Because jms forecast cloud computing could destroy the world *years* before RMS came out with the idea. ;)

I thought... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25746093)

Global Warming was the greatest Doomsday threat. So, the ultimate Carbon Generator....Obama's Oratory!

The toxic waste pipe... (2, Funny)

tangent3 (449222) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746095)

...behind Dr Fred Edison's mansion.

"I feel like I could... like I could... 'Take on the world!'"

Re:The toxic waste pipe... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25746703)

Bah, a device whose guardian could be disabled by a hamster, a bowling ball, an upside-down doctor, and a "group" of three deserves no mention!

Grid fire from the Culture novels (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25746123)

Controlled grid fire (the unimaginable energies of the interuniversal boundaries) from Iain M. Banks "Culture" novels. Okay, you have to buy into his admittedly totally made-up hyperspatial structure of the universe(s), but it's undeniably cool.

Re:Lazy Guns (1)

markmuetz (1235962) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746473)

The Lazy guns [wikipedia.org] from 'Against a Dark Backgound' are pretty amusing superweapons, far from his best book though. From the link:'The Lazy Gun is the only weapon known to display a sense of humour.'

Skynet? (2, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746145)

If you're going to post these silly lists, at least point out the glaring omission of Skynet.


PinkyDead (862370) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746171)

Oh, sorry, I thought this was a /. poll.

Didn't we have one just like this a couple of weeks ago? I'll just have to settle for Dupe! then.

the real time facts trump fiction in many cases (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25746221)

could be our 'doomsday' devices are in our driveways. &, most certainly, a madman still has authority to destroy almost everything. don't forget the unknown consequences of the manufactured 'weather' program. better days ahead.

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(talk about cowardlly race fixing/bad theater/fiction?) http://money.cnn.com/2008/09/19/news/economy/sec_short_selling/index.htm?cnn=yes
(the teaching of hate as a way of 'life' synonymous with failed dictatorships) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081004/ap_on_re_us/newspapers_islam_dvd;_ylt=A0wNcwWdfudITHkACAus0NUE
(some yoga & yogurt makes killing/getting killed less stressful) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081007/ap_on_re_us/warrior_mind;_ylt=A0wNcw9iXutIPkMBwzGs0NUE
(the old bait & switch...your share of the resulting 'product' is a fairytail nightmare?)

  it's time to get real now. A LOT of energy/resource has been squandered in attempts to keep US in the dark. in the end (give or take a few 1000 years), the creators will prevail (world without end, etc...), as it has always been. the process of gaining yOUR release from the current hostage situation may not be what you might think it is. butt of course, many of US don't know, or care what a precarious/fatal situation we're still in.

http://www.carnicom.com/ (yikes almighty)

'The current rate of extinction is around 10 to 100 times the usual background level, and has been elevated above the background level since the Pleistocene. The current extinction rate is more rapid than in any other extinction event in earth history, and 50% of species could be extinct by the end of this century. While the role of humans is unclear in the longer-term extinction pattern, it is clear that factors such as deforestation, habitat destruction, hunting, the introduction of non-native species, pollution and climate change have reduced biodiversity profoundly.' (wiki)

"I think the bottom line is, what kind of a world do you want to leave for your children," Andrew Smith, a professor in the Arizona State University School of Life Sciences, said in a telephone interview. "How impoverished we would be if we lost 25 percent of the world's mammals," said Smith, one of more than 100 co-authors of the report. "Within our lifetime hundreds of species could be lost as a result of our own actions, a frightening sign of what is happening to the ecosystems where they live," added Julia Marton-Lefevre, IUCN director general. "We must now set clear targets for the future to reverse this trend to ensure that our enduring legacy is not to wipe out many of our closest relatives."

"The wealth of the universe is for me. Every thing is explicable and practical for me .... I am defeated all the time; yet to victory I am born." --emerson

consult with/trust in yOUR creators. providing more than enough of everything for everyone (without any distracting/spiritdead personal gain motives), whilst badtolling unprecedented evile, using an unlimited supply of newclear power, since/until forever. see you there?

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."--chronicles

The next time you have NOTHING to say.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25746227)

why not just put a blank entry onto Slashdot? It would be better than reading all this drivel...

Tom Clancy: "Shiva" virus (3, Interesting)

JonTurner (178845) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746253)

In his novel, Rainbow Six, eco-terrorists design a virus which will wipe out all of humanity and plan to release it by spreading it at the Olympics. The athletes will take it back home to the host country, where it will multiply and kill everyone (except for the ecoterrorists, of course, who will live in a biosphere).

It's a nasty concept, made all the worse because it's not unachievable.

Re:Tom Clancy: "Shiva" virus (1)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746631)

Forget the olympics, just spread it at JFK airport around noon in a high-traffic waiting flight transit area. The spreading scenario is an easy one to achieve, what will be hard to do is the virus to get the job done. What you would need is something that is powerful enough to be 100% deadly in adult healthy people, impossible to detect until the patient has less than 24 hours left to live, a long incubation and contagion period, an airborne contagion vector for maximum spread AND be impossible to cure or gain immunity from by either vaccine or natural means. That's apretty tall order. Once you obtain this virus though, just infect a few people and give them airplane tickets for long trips with multiple transits along the way.

Re:Tom Clancy: "Shiva" virus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25746803)

and even worse because it was written by Clancy...

Star Trek TNG finale (1)

Patersmith (512340) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746275)

I always thought the Anomaly from the series finale of Star Trek TNG All Good Things... [wikipedia.org] was brilliant. Something caused in the future, growing larger backwards through time to eventually (??) cause humanity to never have existed in the first place. Awesome.

Exterminate! (3, Interesting)

Smivs (1197859) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746287)

Has everyone forgottten the Dalek Reality Bomb [wikia.com] which was designed to destroy the entire Universe?

Re:Exterminate! (1)

Burb (620144) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746753)

Ah, the threefold man is coming!
(giggle, giggle)
Davros is locked in the basement.
It's the DoctorDonna.
Am I bovvered, though?

The Chicago Device (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25746341)

AKA the Political Machine.

planting the seeds of world wide depression leading to a Mad Max like dystopian future.

Global Warming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25746357)

Had to do it.

Intimidation does not make it true. Consensus does not make it true. Flaming every documented example that contradicts the view does not make it true.


Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25746387)

was described as "the best Bang since the Big One" by Eccentrica Gallumbits. Does he count?

And what about the Daleks?

Mind you, voting Bush in for a second term was a pretty close call for Doomsday as well....


Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25746833)

And what about the Daleks?

Not quite a doomsday device, but I remember that Davros had a button on the control panel on the front of his chair that turned off his life support system (cf Genesis of the Daleks). That is almost as clever as designing machines for world domination that could be defeated by a staircase.

Osterhagen Key (2, Interesting)

Phreakiture (547094) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746413)

From the end of the fourth season of the revived Doctor Who . . . The Osterhagen keys, when enough are presented at disparate sites, unlock the detonator to a set of nuclear devices implanted in the Earth's crust. Its purpose is to terminate the entire planet if the suffering of humankind is a fate worse than death.

The Best? (1)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746449)

Any device that failed to work.

Maybe the headline should have been "the worst"?

In any event, nature will take care of things sooner or later.

Good news, everyone! (4, Informative)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746465)

Don't forget the professor's Universe-in-a-box, which ended up containing our own universe at the conclusion of the episode. Imagine that - a simple cardboard box that could destroy reality as we know it, simply by being tossed into the recycling bin. Seems like the practice meant to save the environment is going to doom us all in the end!

"Doomsday is tomorrow" (1)

IGnatius T Foobar (4328) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746467)

As a geek in his late thirties, I can't hear the words "Doomsday Device" without thinking of "Doomsday is Tomorrow" and the ultimately fictional doomsday device created by Dr. Elijah Cooper, and managed by our favorite old supercomputer, ALEX 7000. And I know that I'm not alone.

(For you rugrats out there, read what I'm talking about here on imdb [imdb.com] and then check out this amazing fan trailer [youtube.com] created years later.)

WH40K! (1)

GhaleonStrife (916215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746475)

Why has no one mentioned the various Exterminatus methods from Warhammer 40k? Virus bombs that wipe out populations and burn atmospheres, orbital bombardments from ships the size of planets, etc. Oh, and any weapon from Paranoia has the potential to be a doomsday weapon. Plasma Generators, Probability Grenades, Soda cans (Bouncy Bubble Beverage, or as it's known in-game, B3), etc.


Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25746615)

Vogon Constructor Fleet?

The Positronic Ray (1)

wylderide (933251) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746657)

Created by earth scientist Durand Durand in Barbarella. I, for one, don't want to be deminimalized into the fourth dimension, or whatever it was that it was supposed to do.

Mile-High global Tidal Waves from "The Abyss"? (3, Interesting)

Zymergy (803632) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746725)

Anyone actually watch the Extended Director's Cut (DVD) of James Cameron's "The Abyss"?
(Mental Note: Do not piss off the deep sea dwelling aliens... Check!)

Be afraid (3, Funny)

roggg (1184871) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746767)

http://home.jps.net/~lsnyder/12_tick.html [jps.net]

Infinity Ball, The: The Infinity Ball is a fearsome device used by the Hey Empire. It resembles a sideways 8 ball and doesn't look menacing at all. It is powerful though. The ball has telekinetic powers, is extremely fast, and squeaks when it moves. It even has hyperspace technology built in. The Whats are extremely afraid of the Infinity Ball. They were chased across the universe by the little engine of destruction. When The Tick destroyed the Hey's attempts of bringing forth a universe ending cataclysm, he was attacked by the Infinity Ball. The ball crashed into the heroes chest, falling to the ground after impact. The most devastating weapon in the Hey's arsenal proved to be less devastating then it was once believed to be. In fact, it was pretty lame.

Douglas Adams (1)

kwikrick (755625) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746781)

My favorite SF comic writer tells the story of a several billion year old computer that designed and created a small device that looks exactly like a cricket ball, activated on impact with a cricket bat, that will in fact connect the centers of all major stars through hyperspace, turning the whole universe into one big massive black hole. It is about to be flung from the hand of unsuspecting anti-hero Arthur Dent, when....

I'm not sure what the device was called. It is possible that it doesn't even have a name.

The computer designed it in first place because its owners asked it too, then they decided they didn't want to destroy the universe after all, and instead pulverized the computer. But that didn't completely disable it, and it felt a bit cross because of it, so it decided to destroy the universe anyway, by starting the Cricket War.

Lincoln Child (2, Interesting)

Jarik C-Bol (894741) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746795)

in the book Deep Storm. the weapon is not named per-say, but the idea is, you have two black holes. one composed entirely of anti mater, and the other, of its opposite normal mater. these two black holes. through means not understood by humans in the book, are locked in orbit around one another. it is learned by the end of the book, that these black holes are weapons, and whatever it is that keeps them orbiting each other can be turned off, allowing them to merge. the results of this of course, are on the order of the destruction of solar systems at minimum. this is the best one i've ever heard of.

trivia - but good sci fi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25746853)

Saberhagen - Berserkers!

Slashdot (3, Funny)

Errtu76 (776778) | more than 5 years ago | (#25746891)

Period. Best doomsday device ... if you're a webmaster who's website contains a page that's featured on /.

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  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
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