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"it slowly dawned on me that the landscape of science is maybe what interests people a great deal in science fiction."
- Gregory Benford

Light-Absorbing Paint  
  Space stealth!  

...a sleek torpedo a black metal, visible only as a shadow against the stardust of the Milky Way.

Almost instantly the light-absorbing paint and the armor underneath was torn off by the beams from the fortress.

From Earthlight, by Arthur C. Clarke.
Published by Del Rey in 1955
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