“,” Donald A. Stuart (John Campbell), 1939 – Humanity has been enslaved by a spider-like, matriarchal race. A mysterious human appears with a cloak that seems able to absorb energy. The stranger eggs on a resistance movement. At the conclusion, a woman thinks of a way to use the cloak to drive the aliens away.
Comments: Read in Great Science Fiction Stories of 1939. Collected in Cloak of Aesir.
Author: Wikipedia: “John Wood Campbell, Jr. (June 8, 1910 – July 11, 1971) was an influential figure in American science fiction. As editor of Astounding Science Fiction (later called Analog Science Fiction and Fact), from late 1937 until his death, he is generally credited with shaping the so-called Golden Age of Science Fiction.”