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Sci-Fi Weaponry

Science fiction has long foreshadowed reality, so no one should be surprised if we eventually have weapons that resemble the blasters and lightsabers in Star Wars or the phasers and photon torpedoes in Star Trek (and as an ex-Lucas employee, I'm highly attuned to the distinctions among these). In these weapons of pure energy there are recognizable resemblances to phenomena from our own world: high-powered lasers and high-voltage electrical arcs.

The basic effect is so easy and well known that I almost hesitate to include it, but in the spirit of creating your own effects rather than relying on plug-ins, I'll give it a brief nod. At this point these are virtual clichés of science fiction, but you certainly can customize them with your own additions to the basic formula of a hot white core surrounded by a luminescent glow.


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