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"I love that computer science has made mathematics into something like an experimental science. I was never all that good at proving things, but I love doing computer experiments."
- Rudy Rucker

Plasticocoon  
  Holds a prisoner motionless.  

The skin-tight pulling at my joints told me it was a plasticocoon, and that I might save my strength. There was no point to struggling.
From The Space Merchants, by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth).
Published by St. Martin's Press in 1952
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Compare to the use of hunting robe from Clifford Simak's remarkable 1961 novel Time is the Simplest Thing. I'd also mention the necap from Alan Dean Foster's 2010 novel The Human Blend and the tanglefoot field from Robert Heinlein's 1954 novel The Star Beast.

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