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Lightsaber - Starwars

The light saber has come to epitomize what a great science fiction weapon ought to be: visually striking, deadly, versatile, arcane, and instantly recognizable. What makes the light saber so cool is its power and exclusive status. A light saber can cut through blast doors like butter and deflect laser blasts, but this weapon is only reserved for Jedi and Sith of exceptional skill. The fact that an arcane weapon -- essentially a sword -- can still have use in a universe of blasters and deathstars, makes us feel great about the triumph of human skill over technology.