Possible short story from 60’s or 70’s about a man who invents a force field bubble by accident in his home using simple items then the government tries to take it away. He discovers the fields properties as he defends himself from attempts to force him to give it up by using the force fields size and opacity to incursions to defend himself.

  • Don’t remember there being any particular Gov’t referenced but story line appears to be North american
    – Bruce
    Commented Nov 2, 2018 at 9:01
  • It’s possible, but from my recollection I’m thinking short story or novella
    – Bruce
    Commented Nov 2, 2018 at 9:02
  • There is a very good short story along these lines, but there are differences. In the one I have in mind, the force field is invented, but never shown to the world because of the implications. The inventor's grandson does release decades later. The story from that point contains some of the things you mention, but carried out by different people. There's protest against government policies using the force field: Farmers build immovable barriers when the goverment builds roads across their farms.
    – JRE
    Commented Nov 2, 2018 at 9:35
  • Continued: One guy uses a force field and a (very small) amount of radioactive material to make an atom bomb -which he uses to force police off of his property during repossesion. The whole thing is a wonderful story. And, it is wrapped up in a dig at wishy washy social scientists.
    – JRE
    Commented Nov 2, 2018 at 9:37
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    The only problem is, I can't remember the name of it, or the author, else I'd post it as an answer.
    – JRE
    Commented Nov 2, 2018 at 9:37

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Might it be "Gadget vs. Trend" by Christopher Anvil?

There are mentions of using the force field in actions against the government:

Staunton, Vt., February 23, 1978. Hiram Smith, a retired high school science teacher whose family has lived on the same farm since before the time of the Revolution, was ordered last fall to leave his family home.

A dam is to be built nearby, and Mr. Smith's home will be among those inundated.

At the time of the order, Mr. Smith, who lives on the farm with his fourteen-year-old grandson, stated that he would not leave "until carried out dead or helpless."

This morning, the sheriff tried to carry out the eviction order, and was stopped by a warning shot fired from the Smith house. The warning shot was followed by the flight of a small, battery-powered model plane, apparently radio-controlled, which alighted about two thousand yards from the Smith home, near an old apple orchard.

Mr. Smith called to the sheriff to get out of his car and lie down, if the car was not stasis-equipped, and in any case to look away from the apple orchard.

There was a brilliant flash, a shock, and a roar which the sheriff likened to the explosion of "a hundred tons of TNT." When he looked at the orchard, it was obscured by a pink glow and boiling clouds, apparently of steam from vaporized snow.

Mr. Smith called out to the sheriff to get off the property, or the next "wink bomb" would be aimed at him.

No one has been out to the Smith property since the sheriff's departure.

It is also used by farmers to form immovable barriers when roads are built across their farms:

Spring Corners, Iowa, January 28, 1978. Traffic is flowing once again on the Cross-State Highway.

This morning a U.S. Army truck-mounted earth auger moved up the highway and drilled a number of holes six feet in diameter, enabling large chunks of earth to be carefully loosened and both sections of the barricade to be lifted out as units. The wire, oil drums, saw horses, and big chunks of earth, which remained rigid when lifted out, are being removed to the U.S. Army Research and Development Laboratories for study. No QuietWall units have been found, and it is assumed that they are imbedded, along with their power source, inside the masses of earth.

The sheriff, the police chief of Spring Corners, and state and federal law enforcement agents are attempting to arrest Oscar B. Nelde, owner of the farm adjacent to the highway.

It is also used by robbers to make unstoppable getaway cars out of golf carts and the US government is accused of dropping millions of small force field generators over Cuba, thereby causing the cuban government a lot of trouble.

This might not be the story you had in mind, but it sprang to mind at the combination of "force field" and "fight the government "

I finally found it by searching for the "wink bomb," which is what Mr. Smith called the forcefield based atomic bomb he used against the sheriff.

  • Thank you, thank you! I've been looking for this one for years! I distinctly remembered it beginning with some sort of newscast deploring creeping conformity, and ending with a newscast deploring excessive individualism. Commented Sep 18, 2022 at 13:15

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