Re: Why the lack of personal protection?
I remember an early issue of the 1989 Star Trek comic book from DC, written by Peter David. Ensign Fouton was working on a phaser-proof body armor. He was successful, after a fashion, when during a test, it did withstand a phaser on disintegrate. Unfortunately, the mannequin wearing the armor was disintegrated, though.
[Duck Dodgers voice]
"Little doeth he know that I'm wearing my thpecial dithintegration-proof vetht!"
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