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"It's hard to tell stories about critters that are not human. John W. Campbell tried it, in "Twilight," and everybody says it's a wonderful story, and nobody ever reads it twice."
- Jerry Pournelle

Lightweight Vacuum Armor  
  A simplified space suit, used where conditions were similar to Earth rather than in the more rigorous conditions of space.  

Somehow Dave got into a lightweight vacuum armor, secured from an emergency supply closet. Thus attired, he traversed the air lock which led into what was, in effect, a fragment of old Mars. Low, sweeping arches, Cyclopean in the dim illumination of radioactive lamps supported in quaintly wrought sconces.
Technovelgy from Hotel Cosmos, by Raymond Z. Gallun.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1938
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Compare to the full vacuum armor from Skylark Three (1930) by 'Doc' Smith. See also the references for space suit from The Emperor of the Stars (1931) by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat).

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