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"Poised between intransigent scepticism and uncritical credulity, it [science fiction] is par excellence the literature of the open mind."
- John Brunner

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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