"Does it open a new horizon for my thinking? Does it lead me to think new kinds of thoughts, that I would not otherwise perhaps have thought at all? These qualities are what [make] science fiction ...unique."
Probably the first use of this term, as far as I know.
Compare to the personal force shield from Foundation (1951) by Isaac Asimov, the Langston field from The Mote in God's Eye (1974) by Niven and Pournelle and the deflector shield from Star Wars (1976) by George Lucas.
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