HG Wells and his military ray gun
That lonely boy in the opening paragraph? The one who spent his teenage years pulling the wings off flies and trolling the bereaved on message boards? He’s the type of guy the CIA wants on their team. Somewhere deep in a sulphurous bunker licked by the flames of hell, military technicians are putting the finishing touches to weapons like the Active Denial System, which microwaves the soft tissue of anti-war protesters and Bernie Sanders supporters. And their set text is HG Wells’ 1898 War of the Worlds, which introduces the heat ray gun.