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"I do think there is a link in that in both cases, writing fiction or writing a computer program, at any given moment you're focusing on a very specific and particular thing—one word, one line of code, whatever."
- Neal Stephenson

Thought-Screen  
  A device that prevents other people from taking over control of your thoughts and mind.  

"Therefore, with every faculty of his newly-enlarged mind concentrated upon the thought-screened, armored head behind the billowing gun and flaring projectors, Kinnison held his line and forged ahead..."

"Attentive as he was to Helmuth's thought-screen, the Patrolman was ready when it weakened slightly and a thought began to seep through, directed at that peculiar ball of force."

From Gray Lensman, by E.E. 'Doc' Smith.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1942
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Here's another gripping quotation from Second Stage Lensman:

"The horrible parasitism went on for ages. The Velantians fought vainly; their crude thought-screens were almost useless until after the coming of the Patrol. Then, with thought-screens that were of real use, and with ships of power and with weapons of might, Worsel himself had taken the lead in the clean-up of Delgon."

Thanks to Alan Willard for contributing this item.

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