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"Bureaucracies hide their mistakes, because people's careers are tied to those mistakes. Therefore, bureaucracies are a perfect mechanism for perpetuating mistakes."
- Frank Herbert

Shield  
  Early name for a defensive force field.  

Probably the first use of this term, as far as I know.

The inhabitants of planet three of sun six four seven three Pilarone show unusual development and may cause trouble, as they have already brought knowledge of the metal of power and of the impenetrable shield to the Central System, which is to be our base. Recommend volatilization of this planet by vessel sent on special mission.
From Skylark Three, by E.E. 'Doc' Smith.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1930
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Compare to the personal force shield from Foundation (1951) by Isaac Asimov, the Langston field from The Mote in God's Eye (1974) by Niven and Pournelle and the deflector shield from Star Wars (1976) by George Lucas.

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