I've encountered this argument in several seperate games of Cosmic: can a player use a card zap to stop himself from being hand zapped?
My friends argument is that the hand zap happens instantly so that the zapped player does not have the card zap in his hand to negate the effect of the hand zap because his hand had already been discarded.
My argument is that the card zap prevents the hand zap from occurring because the card says that it negates the effect of a flare or artifact card.
We have been resolving this argument with coin flips and, needless to say, the results have been…aggravating. Please give us your opinions in this situation so that it doesn't happen again. Help us forum users, you're our only hope.