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"Science fiction is what scientists would do if they could - if they had enough grant money, enough time, and enough brains to do the wonderful things they would like to do."
- Greg Bear

Static Field  
  A defense against a spy beam.  

A guard entered, walked to the table, picked up the recorder, looked at all sides of it, and put it in his pocket.

Avakin said quietly, "I will need that instrument."

"We will supply you with one, Counselor, that does not cast a static field."

From Foundation, by Isaac Asimov.
Published by Doubleday in 1951
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