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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

General Products Hull  
  Nearly indestructible outer skin for spaceships; pick your hull size and put what you want inside.  

The puppeteers of Ringworld are a remarkable race; their caution bordering on paranoia led them to develop some of the safest products for even the most hazardous pursuit - space travel.

"Nothing, but nothing, can get through a General Products hull. No kind of electromagnetic energy except visible light. No kind of matter, from the smallest subatomic particle to the fastest meteor. That's what the company's advertisements claim, and the guarantee backs them up. I've never doubted it, and I've never heard of a General Products hull being damaged by a weapon or by anything else."
From Neutron Star, by Larry Niven.
Published by Worls of If in 1966
Additional resources -

There are four hull types:

  • No. 1: Sphere about the size of a basketball.
  • No. 2: Long, tapered cylinder 100 feet long and 20-25 feet wide, with a wasp-like constriction towards the tail.
  • No. 3: Cylinder with rounded ends and a flat belly.
  • No. 4: Sphere with approximately 1000 foot diameter.
More information is provided in Ringworld (1970):

General Products, the puppeteer-owned trading company, had sold many diversified wares in known space; but its fortunes had been founded on the General Products hull...

SF fans have read this idea before; see the crystal sphere from the 1931 story Emperor of the Stars.

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