Cordwainer Smith

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antimatter n. 1966 ‘C. Smith’ Under Old Earth in Galaxy Science Fiction Feb. 27 The beat and the heat and the neat repeat of the notes that poured forth from the congohelium—metal never made for music, matter and anti-matter locked in a fine magnetic grid to ward off the outermost perils of space.
interworld adj. 1962 ‘C. Smith’ Ballad of Lost C’mell in T. Shippey Oxford Book of Science Fiction (1992) 306 Sport is international, interrace, interworld, interspecies.
light sail n. 1963 ‘C. Smith’ Think Blue, Count Two in Galaxy Feb. 48/2 She went by light-sail ship. And she had to cross space—space, where the danger always waits.
sailship n. 1964 ‘C. Smith’ Dead Lady of Clown Town in Galaxy Aug. 11/2 It selected a fertilized human embryo, tagged it with the freakish name ‘Elaine,’ irradiated the genetic code with strong aptitudes for witchcraft and then marked the person’s card for training in medicine, transportation by sailship to Fomalhaut III and release for service on the planet.
sailship n. [1963 ‘C. Smith’ Think Blue, Count Two in Galaxy Feb. 48/2 She went by light-sail ship. And she had to cross space—space, where the danger always waits.]
star lane n. 1964 ‘˜C. Smith’™ Planet Buyer 113 Suggest to all the really rum worlds we know that a good impersonator could put his hands on the McBan money. Make the suggestion so that they would not know that we had originated it. The starlanes will be full of Rod McBans, complete with phony Norstrilian accents, for the next couple hundred years.