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"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
- Frederik Pohl

Conductive Film  
  A spray-on conductor capable of carrying a signal.  

Gersen worked deftly and quickly. He inserted a trifle of receptor tape into the angle between door molding and wall, where it became for all practical purposes invisible. Using a pressure canister he sprayed a trail of conductive film from the tape around the door casing into the adjoining office and around the walls to the window...He touched his detector to the conductive trail he had sprayed upon the wall and turned high the volume...Presently he heard Panshaw's voice:'What caused the alarm?' 'Lumen impact, brief and low intensity'
From The Face, by Jack Vance.
Published by DAW in 1979
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