Ian McDonald

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biotechnician n. 1994 I. McDonald Necroville (1995) 128 The biotechnician’s natural predilection for the small and perfectly organized led them to invest in the emerging nanotech corporadas.
dimension n. 1988 I. McDonald Desolation Road (2001) i. 11 ‘Though we journey through different dimensions, like you I am a traveller across this dry and waterless place,’ said the greenperson.
Dyson sphere n. 1994 I. McDonald Necroville (1995) 257 Through the square window: the armillary sphere of Tesler-Thano’s legalwares; a solar system of nested Dyson spheres, dark and lightless, slowly turning.
farside n. 2015 I. McDonald Luna: New Moon ix. 296 The moon was a much smaller place then, we couldn’t have built and trialed an extractor without word running round the Farside and back again before we’d even locked helmets.
gee n. 1 1998 I. McDonald Days of Solomon Gursky in Asimov’s Science Fiction June 104 The new ships were lean, mean, fast: multiple missile racks clipped to high-gee blip-fusion motors, pilots suspended in acceleration gel like flies in amber, hooked by every orifice into the big battle virtualizers.
gee n. 2 1998 I. McDonald Days of Solomon Gursky in G. Dozois Mammoth Book of Best New Science Fiction, 12th Coll. (1999) 234 Fifty-five gees… Time to contact, one thousand and eighteen seconds.
glassite n. 1988 I. McDonald Desolation Road (2001) xxi. 112 Time slowed in a jungle of scales and arpeggios: there was no time, the stars froze in their arcing paths, tracing slow silver snail tracks across the glassite cap-dome.
light sail n. 1994 I. McDonald Necroville (1995) 110 They have a policy of buying up your contract while you’re still swimming in your Jesus tanks. ‘Nightfreighting’: shipping mining plants and crew out to the asteroids in the form of cheap light-sail drivers with slap-on tector packages.
light sail n. 1998 I. McDonald Days of Solomon Gursky in G. Dozois Mammoth Bk. Best New Science Fiction, 12th Coll. (1999) 245 The breaking wave of particles, with multiple gravity assists from Luvah and Enitharmon, would surf the bright flotilla up to interstellar velocities, as, at the end of the centuries—millennia—long flights, the light-sails would brake the packages at their destinations.
Lunarian n. 2015 I. McDonald Luna: New Moon vii. 238 Marina is trapped in a dull conversation whorl dominated by a loud sociologist from Farside U and his theories about post-national identities in second and third generation lunarians.
morph v. 2 1998 I. McDonald Days of Solomon Gursky in G. Dozois Mammoth Book of Best New Science Fiction, 12th Coll. (1999) 241 The next morning they morphed the pod into an ash-runner and drove through the cindered forest.
multiversal adj. 2007 I. McDonald Brasyl 115 Her thesis was that all mind is a multiversal quantum computer and therefore a fundamental element of reality, and also linked across universes by quantum entanglement.
nanomachine n. 1994 I. McDonald Necroville (1995) 254 It’s the original nanomachine, microprocessors the size of molecules.
nanotech adj. 1994 I. McDonald Necroville (1995) 128 The biotechnician’s natural predilection for the small and perfectly organized led them to invest in the emerging nanotech corporadas.
nanotechnological adj. 1994 I. McDonald Necroville (1995) 38 The week after that they were even shipping then down in environment tanks from the Milapa Swimmer Community to visit Camaguey’s nanotechnological reef.
nanotechnology n. 1994 I. McDonald Necroville (1995) 31 These are the things that matter. Not the moon being converted into a three thousand kilometre sphere of nanotechnology.
neo n. 2005 I. McDonald River of Gods v. 50 ‘That’s close for a NEO,’ Lisa Durnau says. See, I can do the speak too.
neo n. 2005 I. McDonald River of Gods xliii. 439 The monsoon has come to this imaginary city. Najia is too proud to have watched an entire episode of Town and Country but even as a neo she recognises there are whole districts of this city of illusions the plot never visits, that have been lovingly built and maintained by exabytes of processing power merely to hold the rest together.
posthumanity n. 1995 I. McDonald Evolution's Shore 234 I do not understand these things well. I do not know about Australopithecus and evolution and what you call transhumanity, posthumanity.
redshirt n. 2005 I. McDonald River of Gods xlvi. 466 I am every secondary character and minor character and walk-on and redshirt.
rocketeer n. 2015 I. McDonald Luna: New Moon viii. 279 His colleagues among the Vorontsovs have never confirmed nor denied the legend that Valery Mikhailovitch Vorontsov, the old rocketeer of Baikonur, has, over decades of free-fall aboard his cycler Saints Peter and Paul, become something strange and inhuman.
shapeshift v. 1994 I. McDonald Necroville (1995) 68 The car shapeshifted, slimming and streamlining itself, pressing itself close to the black skin of the highway, growing spoilers and tailfins.
shapeshifting adj. 1994 I. McDonald Necroville (1995) 13 The halls and landings of his shapeshifting hacienda were occupied by the monochrome likenesses of the brief and bright.
Sol III n. 1997 I. McDonald After Kerry in Asimov’s Science Fiction Mar. 130 ‘You are disturbing the ambassador…. She should not be disturbed when channeling. It’s dangerous.’…‘Ya,’ the ambassador to Sol Three said. The door closed.
space elevator n. 1988 I. McDonald Desolation Road (2001) xxxix. 206 Just what the hell are they doing out there, building an extra space elevator or something?
spacefaring adj. 1994 I. McDonald Necroville (1995) 240 The driver’s radio in the dukduk that had brought them here had gabbled about the Freedead fleet breaking up the orbital factories and spinning them into some enormous spacefaring construction.
space gun n. 1 1988 I. McDonald King of Morning, Queen of Day in Asimov’s Science Fiction May 114 [set in 1909:] Our French colleague has written most imaginatively…of how a great space-gun might propel a capsule around the moon.
terrene adj. 1994 I. McDonald Necroville (1995) 110 Even before extra-terrene space was surrendered to the mutineers and that slamships and nanoprocessors, Ewart/OzWest had turned to the mid-ocean trenches, seeding them with machines and dead configured for deep-water labour.
terrene adj. 1999 I. McDonald Breakfast on Moon, with Georges in Moon Shots 293 Selenites observe his repast through strange ocular devices, and scurry much. Were they capable of recognizing terrene expressions, they would note the grave look on his face.
transhumanity n. 1994 I. McDonald Necroville (1995) 165 The Isolationists pressed for the immediate expansion of the extant Clades across all the solar system, the establishment and recognition of a dead transhumanity that had severed all ties with planet-bound humanity.
transhumanity n. 1995 I. McDonald Evolution's Shore 234 I do not understand these things well. I do not know about Australopithecus and evolution and what you call transhumanity, posthumanity.
weird n. 2007 I. McDonald Brasyl 294 He picked the old mall because it is enclosed and free from the eyes of cameras, but it’s big and out of the way and full of weirds and he doesn’t love the idea of her hanging around among them too long.