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"No one has ever produced a statement of fact that was technically true. The most accurate statements of science we have today are accurate to only 15 decimal places."
- Bart Kosko

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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