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"Looking back through history, I see no evidence for humanity making the best of things, and I think it's a pretty safe bet that's an on-going trend."
- Richard Morgan

Metalite  
  Strong metal you can see through.  

Instinctively, as he watched the mon­ster approach them across that black rock plain, he moved forward until he stood a little in advance of the others, his huge form bulking the transparent metalite suit.
From Black Destroyer, by A.E. van Vogt.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1939
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From the alien viewpoint:

He had time to see that the creatures wore things over their real bodies, shim­mering transparent material that glit­tered in strange, burning flashes in the rays of the sun.

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There are ways of getting phosphorus out of the human body. For instance, a quick way was what happened to the workman who helped build this ship. Remember, he fell into fifteen tons of molten metalite—at least, so his relatives claimed—but the company wouldn’t pay compensation until the metalite, on analysis, was found to contain a high percentage of phosphorus—"

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