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"At its best, SF is the medium in which our miserable certainty that tomorrow will be different from today in ways we can't predict, can be transmuted to a sense of excitement and anticipation, occasionally evolving into awe."
- John Brunner

Radiation Shield  
  A clever use for the water you need to take anyway.  

"You mean they bathed that ship in neutrons?"

"Shot it full of 'em. Just like our proton guns, only sending neutrons."

"Well, why weren't we killed too?"

"Water stops neutrons," Kendall said. "Figure it out."

"The rocket-water tanks - all around us... that saved us?"

From The Ultimate Weapon, by John W. Campbell.
Published by Unknown in 1936
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Compare to the ozone radiation shield in A Daring Trip to Mars (1932) by Max Valier.

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  - Active Electrostatic Radiation Shielding For Space Craft

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