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- Bart Kosko

Bubble Armor Space Suit  
  Steel bubble-shaped space suit.  

Enclosed in a steel bubble of suit-armor, he presently propelled himself to the lock.

Gingerly, he floated up to and through the opening, rather like a small balloon of greenish steel-alloy in his bulky armor.


(Bubble Space Armor from 'Agent of Vega' by James Schmitz)

A wash of corrosive atomic fire splashed blindingly off the front of his armor as he appeared in the control-room door -- through it twin narrow-beam tractor rays came ramming in reversed, brain-jarring thrusts at his face-piece. He drove quickly into the room and let the tractors slam him back against the wall. They could not harm him

The fire was different. For perhaps a minute, his armor could continue to absorb it, but no longer.

A stubby tentacle on the front of his chest armor now raised a shielded projectile gun and sprayed the top of the desk beyond which U-1 crouched with a mushrooming, adhesive blanket of incendiaries.

From Agent of Vega, by James Schmitz.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1949
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Compare to the cylinder space suit from Islands of the Sky (1952) by Arthur C. Clarke.

Compare to these other early space suit references; the air-tight suit from Edison's Conquest of Mars (1898) by Garrett P. Serviss, the pneumatic suit from The Shot into Infinity (1929) by Otto Willi Gail, the space suit from The Emperor of the Stars (1931) by Schachner and Zagat, the altitude suit from The Black Star Passes by John W. Campbell, the Osprey Space Armor from Salvage in Space (1933) by Jack Williamson, the space overalls from Lost Rocket (1941) by Manly Wade Wellman and the space bubble from The Planet Strappers (1961) by Raymond Z. Gallun.

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