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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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