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"I do think there is a link in that in both cases, writing fiction or writing a computer program, at any given moment you're focusing on a very specific and particular thing—one word, one line of code, whatever."
- Neal Stephenson

Spacecraft Invisibility Electronics  
  A means of rendering a spacecraft invisible to detection by electromagnetic means.  

A tiny ship, however, was now driving outward from the sun, parallel to the ecliptic plane and two hundred million miles beyond the limits of the space-lanes. Its hull was covered with thin photo-electronic cells capable of being adjusted to absorb any desired fraction of the incident radiation—making the vessel, when they were in operation, virtually invisible in space.

Not thirty feet long, and weighing too few tons to have perceptible effect on the mass-detectors of a Legion cruiser beyond ten million miles, the ship had power to race the fleetest of them.

From One Against The Legion, by Jack Williamson.
Published by Astounding in 1939
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Compare to the invisibility shield from Triplanetary (1934) by EE 'Doc' Smith.

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