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" I think that computers today allow us one last opportunity to provide something like a level playingfield in America."
- William Gibson

Protective Shield  
  An energy shield for one person.  

Door and wall vanished in the Lewiston's terrific beam, but the pirate stood unharmed. Neither ravening ray nor explosive shell could harm him - he had snapped on the protective shield whose generator was always upon his person.
From Triplanetary, by E.E. 'Doc' Smith.
Published by Not known in 1934
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Compare to the life-shield blanket from Heretics of Dune (1984) by Frank Herbert, the radiant shield from The Houses of Iszm (1954) by Jack Vance, the life detector shield from Cease Fire (1958) by Frank Herbert, the protective shield from Triplanetary (1934) by 'Doc' Smith and the geofactor shield from One Against the Legion (1939) by Jack Williamson.

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