"I'm very taken by mythology. I read it at a very early age and kept on reading it. Before I discovered science fiction I was reading mythology."
Probably the first use of this term, as far as I know.
Compare to the personal force shield from Foundation (1951) by Isaac Asimov, the Langston field from The Mote in God's Eye (1974) by Niven and Pournelle and the deflector shield from Star Wars (1976) by George Lucas.
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