"It was my preferred entertainment when I was a kid, so when I set out to be a writer, it was perfectly natural that I should write the sort of stories that I used to enjoy reading."
The notion of a force-field is widely used in science fiction; this is a very early reference.
Here's another very early reference, from the same year, by 'Doc Smith writing in Space Hounds of IPC:
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