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"There's a tendency to think that maybe if we can just throw enough hardware at the AI problem, then evolution can take care of the rest. Certainly that's how God went about making us."
- Rudy Rucker

Nightmask  
  Night vision mask (similar to a diving mask) with an infrared light source.  

The inhabitants of the Hive seldom venture above ground in the daylight; some are poorly equipped to encounter other humans. But night is a good time to sweep the grounds near the entrance for food - and for intruders.

Old Harvey led his troop from a concealed perimeter exit at the northern edge of the Hive... the troop emerged into the night. They were lightly clad in dark gray and the night was cold...Each carried a stunwand and wore a night-vision mask with a powerful infrared emitter (of Hive manufacture) around its rim. They looked like a troop of skin divers and the wands were like strange double-ended spears.
From Hellstrom's Hive, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Bantam Books in 1972
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The weapons that Herbert provides the Hive members serve to build the sense of strange, alien creatures who - in going above ground - are entering a realm that is strange to them.

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