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"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
- Jerry Pournelle

Sodaluminum  
  Lightweight and tough!  

Garry then started to don the space suit. It was made of exceedingly light, tough sodaluminum, rigid and capable of withstanding extremely high pressures, yet weighing no more than ordinary woolen clothing. A slow-combustion chemical mixture gave off warmth at body temperature indefinitely.
From Exiles of the Moon, by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat).
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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Compare to the air-tight suit from Edison's Conquest of Mars (1898) by Garrett P. Serviss, the pneumatic suit from The Shot Into Infinity (1929) by Otto Willi Gail, the insosuit from Runaround (1942) by Isaac Asimov and the null-suit from The Ophiuchi Hotline, by John Varley.

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