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"I went back to science fiction to try a few experiments …and my first experiment was a disaster…"
- Alfred Bester

Nemourlon  
  Material for special body armor.  

"... The troopers sat quietly now. Even the old hands weren't joking. There's something about combat armor that makes everything seem real. They looked dangerous in their bulky leathers and armor, and they were. The armor alone gave us a big edge on anything we'd meet here. It also gives a feeling of safety, and that can be dangerous. Nemourlon will stop most fragments and even pistol bullets, but it won't stop a high-velocity rifle slug."
From West of Honor, by Jerry Pournelle.
Published by Simon and Schuster in 1976
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Latter books provided some detail:

"Two developments brought the return of the long-range semiautomatic infantry rifle. The first was the development of first kevlar and then the much more efficient nemourlon body-armor. Nemourlon armor of reasonable weight resists penetration by most fragments and any bullet that is not both reasonably heavy and fairly high-velocity. Since modern body-armor covers head, neck, torso and most of the limbs, experiment has proven that a cartridge of at least 7x55 mm is necessary for adequate penetration..."
From The Prince: The Complete Saga of Falkenberg's Legion by Jerry Pournelle and S.M. Stirling.

See also the flexible armor suit from Neutron Star (1966) by Pournelle's writing partner Larry Niven.

Thanks to Gatomon41 for submitting this item!

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