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"One can see the free software movement as a precusor for a "free hardware" or "free wetware" movement--one that will provide free libraries of designs for biological or nanotechnological products that replicators can be programmed to churn out."
- Charles Stross

Invisibility Shield  
  A means of concealing a physical object to the naked eye.  

This is a particularly interesting presentation of the idea, as it gives some idea about how the effect might be achieved.

"This structure, floating in a planetary orbit, was designed by me and built under my direction. It is protected from meteorites by certain forces of my devising. It is undetectable and invisible--your detectors do not touch it and light-waves are bent around it without loss or distortion. I am discussing these points at such length so that you may realize exactly your position. As I have intimated, you can be of assistance to me if you will."
From Triplanetary, by E.E. 'Doc' Smith.
Published by Not known in 1934
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Compare to invisibility from H.G. Wells' 1897 novel Invisible Man and the invisible cloak from Ray Cummings' 1931 novel Brigands of the Moon.

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