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"Every scientist worth his salt that I know of has read science fiction."
- Greg Bear

Armor Cloth  
  Extremely tough synthetic fabric.  

They had to send for a surgeon's mate to undress him. The medic snipped at the armor cloth embedded in his left arm and muttered, "Hold still, sir. That arm's cooked good." His voice was disapproving. "You should have been in sick bay a week ago."

"Hardly possible," Rod answered. A week before, MacArthur had been in battle with a rebel warship... As the armor came away he smelled something worse than week-old sweat. Touch of gangrene, maybe.

"Yessir," A few more threads were cut away. The synthetic was tough as steel...

From The Mote in God's Eye, by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle).
Published by Simon & Schuster in 1974
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Compare to armored clothing from Frank Herbert's 1977 novel The Dosadi Experiment, synthetic spider silk from Robert Heinlein's 1939 short story Misfit and to silk-metal from Manly Wade Wellman's 1940 story The Worlds of Tomorrow.

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