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"Generally, the human race avoids doing anything radical until forced into it."
- Frederik Pohl

Silk-Metal  
  A very tough fabric.  

The rest of the confining surface... Was lined with a closely woven cloth, stout silk-metal of a bright blue.

Gird tugged at the silk-metal lining. It gave, but did not tear, even when he exerted all his great strength.

Technovelgy from The Worlds of Tomorrow, by Manly Wade Wellman.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1940
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Compare to silksteel from Alpha Centauri (1990) by Sid Meier and Plasto-textile from Foundation (1951) by Isaac Asimov. Also, see synthetic spider silk from Misfit (1939) by Robert Heinlein and goat/spider silk from Oryx and Crake (2003) by Margaret Atwood.

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