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"the [science fiction] writer should be able to convince the reader (and himself) that the wonders he is describing really can come true...and that gets tricky when you take a good, hard look at the world around you."
- Frederik Pohl

Mobile Suit  
  A giant (typically 18 meters tall) humanoid-shaped armored combat vehicle.  

This description of the Mobile Suit is taken from the translation of the novelization of the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam I: Awakening, written by Yoshiyuki Tomino, trans. by Frederik L. Schodt, 1990 for Del Ray Books

"Mobile Suits, MS, were gaint humanoid, heavy armor machines, a new type of weapon designed for close quarter combat in outer space and introduced for the first time in the current war. Externally they resembled a robot, but they were operated by human pilots in a cockpit in the core module..."

From Mobile Suit Gundam, by Yoshiyuki Tomino.
Published by Sunrise in 1979
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See also Robert Heinlein's powered suits (or powered armor) from his 1959 novel Starship Troopers.

Thanks to Gatomon41 for researching this item.

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