"There's a poetry in the materials we use to construct our world of artifacts; it speaks of our long history as a technological species."
At this point in the story, a crowd of unruly aliens are in need of restraint.
Although no one has implemented this idea as an energy field, there is interest in quelling civil disorder using something similar. Once choice is an antitraction gel that is so slippery it is impossible to stand up. The Portable Vehicle Arresting Barrier is a kind of netting that can stop a 7,500 lb. pickup truck going 45 miles per hour, then wrap around to trap the occupants.
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