force screen n.
But, they attacked in such numbers that fully half the fleet was destroyed by their explosions before the induction beam fleet arrived. These beams were, to our amazement, quite useless, being instantly absorbed by a force-screen, and the remaining ships sailed on undisturbed, our torpedoes being exhausted.
Last Evolution in Amazing Stories Aug. 416/2
The blast tubes in his hands were trained on me, but I knew I'd be safe enough and that Helen Torrey and Miles would remain unscathed. The refracting belts had built up an invisible force-screen about them.
Dweller in Outer Darkness in Thrilling Wonder Stories Aug. 68/2
This fussed him so that he shut off the force screens and would have carried Ole Doc straight back into the ship for a take-off had not his revered master been staring so hard, pipe again forgotten.
Great Air Monopoly in Astounding Science Fiction Sept. 75/1
Later, he found a dry cave in the hill on which his objective stood. It took him two days of careful, cautious raying to square its walls, ceiling and floor, plus half a day with a powered fan driving out silicate dust. After that, he stowed his supplies at the back, parked the sled near the front, set up a curtaining force-screen across the entrance. The hole in the hill was now home.
Dear Devil in Other Worlds Science Stories May 12/1
Soon the Wersgorix landed many ships in a circular formation… to form a cap walled by the eerie faint shimmer of a force screen, picketed by mobile bombards, and roofed by hovering warcraft.
High Crusade (1982) viii. 48
From within the starship human senses could not detect the instantaneous absence of the force screens that had enfolded her, that had deflected and absorbed electromagnetic energy.
We All Died at Breakaway Station (1985) 219
Something just dropped the building’s force screen.
Mirror Dance (1995) 428
It was unsettling because of the flicker of a Personal Area Force-screen—the PAF set up in the anticipated direction of attack.
Eye of the Storm 75
J. W. Campbell, The Last Evolution
Research HistoryJeff Prucher submitted a 1939 cite from Frank Belknap Long's "The Dweller in Outer Darkness".
Mike Christie submitted a 1948 cite from Rene Lafayette's "The Great Air Monopoly".
Michael Dolbear submitted a cite from a 1995 reprint of Lois McMaster Bujold's 1994 "Mirror Dance".
Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1985 reprint of Richard Meredith's "We All Died At Breakaway Station".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Eric Frank Russell's "Dear Devil"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1950 first magazine appearance.
Douglas Winston submitted cites from a 1976 reprint of John W. Campbell's"The Last Evolution"; Jesse Sheidlower verified it in the first publication (Amazing Stories, August 1932).
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