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"It's hard to tell stories about critters that are not human. John W. Campbell tried it, in "Twilight," and everybody says it's a wonderful story, and nobody ever reads it twice."
- Jerry Pournelle

Mind-Shield  
  A mental defense or barrier that prevents access to one brain by another person or device.  

As far as I know, this is the first use of the term, if not the concept.

"You will lower your mind shield. Of course, I don't expect absolutely free access to your brain. I have no objection to your controlling your thoughts on a narrow range all around the subject. But your shield must go down - now!
From Slan, by A.E. van Vogt.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1940
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You can find a similar idea in Gray Lensman, the 1942 novel by E.E. 'Doc' Smith - namely, the thought-screen.

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