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"Science fiction is what scientists would do if they could - if they had enough grant money, enough time, and enough brains to do the wonderful things they would like to do."
- Greg Bear

Plasta-Skin  
  Artificial Skin  

Probably the first use of this term, but not the concept.

It was disconcerting to report to a blank mask of bandages, surprisingly difficult, Kartr found. He stood at attention, waiting for the Commander's response.

"And the ship?"

Sergeant Kartr might have shrugged, had etiquette permitted. Instead he answered with some caution.

"I'm no techneer, sir. But she looks done for."

There it was—straight enough. Again he wished he could see the expression on the face under that roll upon roll of white plasta-skin. The quiet in the lounge was broken only by the breath, whistling and labored, moving in and out of Mirion's torn lips.

From Star Rangers (The Last Planet), by Andre Norton.
Published by Harcourt, Brace and Company in 1953
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Compare to plastissue from Accidental Flight (1952) by W.F. Wallace and to uniflesh from Frank Herbert's 1977 novel The Dosadi Experiment.

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