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"You have to budget the number of fuzzy rules you use to control a system. It turns out, you can state the optimality principle in three words: 'patch the bumps.'"
- Bart Kosko

Space Armor  
  Armored space suits for use in vacuum.  

When the Okie cities landed on a new planet to fulfill a contract, the police would wear special space suits to keep order and perform work to make sure the city lands properly.

Twenty men in full space armor were behind them, faceless and bristling, like a phalanx of giant robots. One of them came forward, making he planks of the pier groan and squeal under the weeight, and suddenly spoke to him.

The voice was blarey and metallic, as though the gain had been turned up in order to shout across acres of ground and cannonades of thunder, but Chris had no difficulty in recognizing it. The man in the armor was his guardian.

...A steel arm reached out, and steel pincers opened at the end of it. "Give me your card,"...

From Cities in Flight, by James Blish.
Published by Avon in 1957
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Compare to vacuum armor from Skylark Three (1930) by Doc Smith, space-armor from Revolt of the Star Men (1932) by Raymond Z Gallun, Dirigible Space Armor (Working Space Suits) from Collision Orbit (1941) by Jack Williamson, and Osprey space armor from Salvage in Space (1933) by Jack Williamson.

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