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"Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today -- but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all."
- Isaac Asimov

Slaver Stasis Field  
  A force field that protects everything inside it by creating a space in which time is suspended.  

The Slaver Stasis field has a variety of applications in the novel. The most important is its use to protect large space craft from collisions or attack.

The ship lurched despite the cabin gravity. Louis snatched at the back of a chair and caught it; Teela fell with incredible accuracy into her own crash couch; the puppeteer was folded into a ball as he struck a wall. All in an intense violet glare. The darkness lasted only an instant, to be replaced by glowing light the color of a UV tube.

It was coming from outside, from all around the hull...

"We have been fired upon," said Speaker. "We are still being fired upon, probably by X-ray lasers. This ship is now in a state of war. Accordingly I take command..."

Louis said, "The Slaver stasis field must have gone on too. No telling how long we were in stasis."

From Ringworld, by Larry Niven.
Published by Ballantine in 1970
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The stasis field creates a space in which time does not pass. Since time "stands still", no damage can be done to the material occupying the space protected by the field.

This is an interesting precursor to the idea used in The Peace War, by Vernor Vinge. A similar idea was used under the name nullentropy bin from Frank Herbert's 1984 novel Heretics of Dune.

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