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As it turns out, Out of the Sun was first published in 1968, and the version I read was a re-release that was published in 1983. I think that makes it a *little* more interesting as a story, making it perhaps more predictive of laser technology in warfare, rather than just piggybacking onto something that was In The News in 1983. I’m guessing that the debate over the SDI was probably the spur to get the story republished, but looking at it as a story that predated the program by nearly 15 years, I shouldn’t judge it quite so harshly in that aspect. That being said, that doesn’t change my opinion much, as the writing is still mediocre at best, but at least it bothered to be predictively mediocre!