a strong transparent synthetic material; an artificial substitute for glass
The dome roof, with the glassite windows rolled back now, rose in a mound-peak to cover this highest middle portion of the vessel.
I was hemmed in on all sides by panels of glassite so perfectly transparent from within as to give the impression that there was nothing, nothing at all, between me and the aching emptiness of the void; through the thick walls of the runway the stars quivered like a million small bright fires, and the sky loomed around and above and below me as an endless pall of heavy black smoke.
He crossed the room slowly, and looked out through the glassite-covered aperture in the south wall.
A weapon of some sort. Pointing it toward the window, he pressed the stud set in its butt. There was a sharp, hard crack, but no recoil. A perfect disk of glassite vanished from the center of the window.
‘It’s good to be back here again.’ Dave said when he had thrown back his glassite helmet.
But his still, white face in the glassite mask, had played havoc with nerves already raw.
Time slowed in a jungle of scales and arpeggios: there was no time, the stars froze in their arcing paths, tracing slow silver snail tracks across the glassite cap-dome.
Ray Cummings, "Brigands of the Moon"
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a Project Gutenberg etext of of "Brigands of the Moon", by Ray Cummings; Jesse Sheidlower verified this in the original publication (Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930).
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