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"...science fiction is sort of like a sociological genome. It's a huge range of possible futures, most of them useless; some vital. You never really know in advance."
- Peter Watts

Suit-Shield Fabric  
  A kind of mesh fabric that could absorb energy bolts.  

"All right, Baines. You asked for it."

A pink flash blossomed. It shut out the sunlight in a single blinding burst. Baines leaped back and clawed at his coat pocket. The edge of the flash caught him and he half-fell, stunned by the force. His suit-shield sucked in the energy and discharged it, but the power rattled his teeth and for a moment he jerked like a puppet on a string. Darkness ebbed around him. He could feel the mesh of the shield glow white, as it absorbed the energy and fought to control it.

From The Golden Man, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by If in 1954
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Here's a real-life example of PKD's suit-shield:


(Thor Shield Energy Weapon Protection Fabric)

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