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"What has allowed so many Psychopathic Personalities to rise so high in corporations and government, is that they are so decisive. Unlike normal people, they are never filled with doubts, for the simple reason that they cannot care what happens next."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Force-Screen  
  A variation on the force shield idea.  

The blast tubes in his hands were trained on me, but I knew I'd be safe enough and that Helen Torrey and Miles would remain unscathed. The refracting belts had built up an invisible force-screen about them.
From The Dweller in Outer Darkness, by Frank Belknap Long, Jr..
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1939
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Another variant on the idea of the shield, from Doc Smith's 1930 Skylark Three.

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