Black Globe Generator

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Black Globe Generator: A rudimentary force screen generator producing a characteristic black globe surrounding its mechanism. Matter is unable to penetrate the surface of the screen, and energy impinging on the screen is absorbed within the mechanism. When the screen is dropped, the energy is then radiated away as heat.

The generator has several disadvantages, primarily the lack of any contact through the screen (which calls for inertial navigation and absolutely no maneuver while the screen is up) and the danger that the generator will overload with absorbed energy (the resulting explosion effectively transfers the energy which it has absorbed to the interior of the ship. -ld Kin