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"People ask me how I do research for my science fiction. The answer is, I never do any research. I just enjoy reading the stuff, and some of it sticks in my mind and fits into the stories."
- Frederik Pohl

Invisible Cloak  
  A cloak that renders the wearer invisible.  

Long before Harry Potter, Ray Cummings had an electronic cloak that rendered its user invisible. It's very handy for sneaking down those narrow spaceship corridors.

The invisible cloak. We laid it on my grid, and I adjusted its mechanism. I donned it and drew its hood, and threw on its current.

"All right, Anita?"

"Yes"

"Can you see me?"

"No." She had stepped back a foot or two. "Not from here. But you must let no one approach too close."

Then she came forward, put out her hand, fumbled until she found me.

From Brigands of the Moon, by Ray Cummings.
Published by Astounding Stories of Super Science in 1930
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Later, he writes:

Anita turned to seal my door; within my faintly humming cloak I stood besider her. Was I invisible in this light? My invisibility was gone!

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