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"Human beings hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn; when they do, which isn't often, on their own, the hard way."
- Robert Heinlein

Mimetic Polycarbon Suit  
  Clothing made from a fiber that could change colors based on either recorded images or real-time picture input.  

The world of Neuromancer is still ultramodern, nearly twenty years after the publication of the novel. Every detail of the book shows the fascination with technology demonstrated by the characters.

The idea of this fiber is that, for example, it can present a picture of what you are leaning your back against on the front of the suit, so your suit is effectively invisible against the background.

The Panther Modern leader, who introduced himself as Lupus Yonderboy, wore a polycarbon suit with a recording feature that allowed him to replay backgrounds at will. Perched on the edge of Case's worktable like some sort of state of the art gargoyle, he regarded Case and Armitage with hooded eyes.
From Neuromancer, by William Gibson.
Published by Phantasia Press in 1984
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The precis began with a long hold on a color still that Case at first assumed was a collage of some kind, a boy's face snipped from another image and glued to a photograph of a paint-scrawled wall. Dark eyes, epicanthic folds obviously the result of surgery, an angry dusting of acne across pale narrow cheeks. The Hosaka released the freeze; the boy moved, flowing with the sinister grace of a mime pretending to be a jungle predator. His body was nearly invisible, an abstract pattern approximating the scribbled brickwork sliding smoothly across his tight one piece. Mimetic polycarbon.
This kind of clothing was appropriate attire for the Panther Moderns, who thrived on creating chaos from the shadows of this highly technological culture. The recording feature is also a unique element; it would provide an interesting travelogue while you were recounting the events of a recent trip to friends.

The Panther Moderns were described as "nihilistic technofetishists" in the novel; today, we might refer to them as cyberterrorists. See the entry for infowar operation taken from Distraction by Bruce Sterling.

See also the optical effect suit by Keith Laumer.

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