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Gloves In Science Fact And Science Fiction

I had no idea that John Glenn's space suit gloves had little lights at the fingertips to help him to see better, since he would spend half his time in Earth's night side during America's first orbital spaceflight.

Science fiction writers have created fictional gloves of all descriptions. Consider the spray-on surgical gloves from Altered Carbon (2003) by Richard Morgan.

We turned to face a tall, blue-smocked figure wearing bloodstained spray-on surgical gloves and a mask, which he now unpinned with one fastidious thumb and forefinger.

Consider also the spray-on gauntlet gloves from Abercrombie Station (1952) by Jack Vance.

Consider also the self-cleaning fabricule gloves from Diamond Age (1995) by Neal Stephenson:

Most gentlemen's and ladies' gloves nowadays were constructed of infinitesimal fabricules that knew how to eject dirt; you could thrust your gloved hand into mud, and it would be white a few seconds later.

Consider also the sandtrout gloves from Children of Dune (2003) by Frank Herbert:

The sandtrout glove. It was the play of children. If one held a sandtrout in the hand, smoothing it over your skin, it formed a living glove. Traces of blood in the skin's capillaries could be sensed by the creatures, but something mingled with the blood's water repelled them. Sooner or later, the glove would slip off into the sand, there to be lifted into a space fiber basket.

Consider also the Waldoes gloves from Waldo (1939) by Robert Heinlein:

‘Very well, friend Alec - the gloves.’

Jenkins thrust his arms into the waldoes and waited. Waldo put his arms into the primary pair before him; all three pairs, including the secondary pair mounted before the machine, came to life. Jenkins bit his lip, as if he found unpleasant the sensation of having his fingers manipulated by the gauntlets he wore.

Waldo flexed and extended his fingers gently; the two pairs of waldoes in the screen followed in exact, simultaneous parallelism.

Consider also the Poison-Bearing Invisible Gloves from Lies, Inc. (2003) by Philip K. Dick:

Theodoric... extended his hand.

"Dosker said, "If you shake hands with him, Rachmael, he'll deposit a virus contamination that'll produce liver toxicity within your system inside an hour."

Glowering, Theodoric... then removed the membrane-like, up-to-now invisible glove of plastic which covered his hand.

Consider also the Karatand gloves from Stand on Zanzibar (2003) by John Brunner:

It was in effect a palmless glove made of impact-sensitive plastic about a quarter-inch thick. Pressed, pinched, drawn on or off the hand, it remained flexible and nearly as soft as good leather. Struck against a resistant surface, its behavior changed magically, and while the interior stayed soft to act as a cushion against bruising, its outer layers became as rigid as metal.

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