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"People are choosing to allow television and Electronic Arts to do all their imagining for them."
- Peter Watts

Absolute Black  
  A material so absolutely black that it absorbed all incident light.  

Here's the quote about the stuntship whose sole purpose was to fly into the sun to provide spectacular effects for a rock concert.

"That," he said, "that... is really bad for the eyes."

It was a ship of classic, simple design, like a flattened salmon, twenty yards long, very clean, very sleek. There was just one remarkable thing about it.

"It's so... black!" said Ford Prefect. "You can hardly make out its shape... light just seems to fall into it!"

The blackness of it was so extreme that it was almost impossible to tell how close you were standing to it.

"Your eyes just slide off it..." said Ford in wonder.

From Restaurant at the End of the Universe, by Douglas Adams.
Published by Not known in 1980
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The earliest reference to this idea (that I can find, anyway) is the black coating from E.E. 'Doc Smith's 1939 novel Gray Lensman.

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