“The Last Weapon,” Robert Sheckley, 1953 – A trio of thugs searches for a lost trove of Martian weapons, but they can barely keep from murdering each other along the way. When they find the cache they activate the weapons and destroy themselves.
Comments: A straightforward tech fable that recalls stories of pirates and genii, as well as Chaucer’s “The Pardoner’s Tale.”
Author: Wikipedia: “Robert Sheckley (July 16, 1928 – December 9, 2005) was a Hugo- and Nebula-nominated American author. First published in the science fiction magazines of the 1950s, his numerous quick-witted stories and novels were famously unpredictable, absurdist and broadly comical.”