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"I feel like I've been very fortunate in that I've stuck like a burr to the dog-leg of the next generation of nerdism. I've been carried into the XXIth century on Bill Gates' pants-cuff."
- William Gibson

Molecule Replacement Lamp  
  A means of attaining practical invisibility.  

A few feet from where the girl was sitting a tall shape was materializing in the green shadows cast by the massive central pillar. It was assuming form and substance jerkily, unevenly. Legs incased in the baggy folds of an oxygen suit came into view first, then a wrinkled waistline distended by a heavy radium belt, then high above the belt a face grim and pale and angry, with eyes that somberly transfixed Harnden and his companion.

Slowly the space beneath the white face filled. Frozen into terrified immobility the man and the woman saw massive shoulders grimly erect in the green gloom. Objects related to the figure leaped into visibility — a gleaming helmet resting firmly on the floor beside a huge Jeel shoe, a tiny positron blast tube, no bigger than Hamden’s thumb, a molecule replacement lamp rimmed with black light.

The little blast tube, which was pointed directly at Hamden’s chest, was held in gloved digits. In the center of the Foam Station Smasher’s breast the molecule replacement lamp which had cloaked his tall form in an impenetrable screen of light-refracting energy gleamed with pulsing radiance as it cooled and crackled.

“Naturally I preferred to wear a molecule replacement lamp. The faint green glow which the energy screen emits was indistinguishable from the air in this green light. My cruiser is lighted with blue lamps

From Red Storm on Jupiter, by Frank Belknap Long, Jr..
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1936
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