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"[Science fiction is] anything that turns you and your social context, the social you, inside out."
- Gregory Benford

Darkened Glass Face Plate  
  The use of darkened glass on the face plate of a space suit helmet to protect the wearer from solar radiation.  

...Southern glided his ship back on its gravity plates, and brought it to rest on the landing stage. Clad in space armor, he emerged from the cabin a moment later. His helmet face-plate of darkened glass protected his eyes from the awful glare of the sun.

A few seconds of exposure to the hellish Mercurian conditions forced no damaging heat through his vacuum-insulated space suit.

From The Achilles Heel, by Raymond Z. Gallun.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1940
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Compare to anti-glare coated glass from The Death's Head Meteor (1930) by Neil R. Jones.

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