Our longstanding fear, it seems, turns out to be about as valid as the death ray deployed by Buck Rogers in comic strips.
The merits of a story are not dependent on the number of people wiped out by one blast of a death ray!
"The green flash is a sort of a death ray," he summed up, aloud.
Unless the three men missing from the construction camp had died of it, however, it was not to be considered a death ray.
They have that death ray, but it's not quite as deadly as we might have feared, solely because our ships could outmaneuver them.
We were offered four trillion dollars in bribes to hold it up; our lives were threatened and we were shot at with death ray guns.