Jerry Pournelle

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Belter n. 1974 J. Pournelle in Galaxy Science Fiction May 106/1 One supposes there’s a local source of both energy and fuel in the Belt, of course, or there couldn’t be a Belter Civilization to begin with.
Belter n. 1974 J. Pournelle in Galaxy Science Fiction May 105/2 Belters are asteroid miners—they flit from asteroid to asteroid, slicing them up for the mineral wealth they presumably contain.
cold sleep n. 1990 J. Pournelle & S. M. Stirling Asteroid Queen in L. Niven et al. Man-Kzin Wars III (1992) iii. 66 She had spent most of the intervening decades in coldsleep, at a high fraction of lightspeed; he had lived every minute of them here on Wunderland, lived hard and without the best anti-senescent treatments.
cold sleep n. 1992 J. Pournelle & S. M. Stirling In Hall of the Mountain King in L. Niven et al. Man-Kzin Wars V ii. 19 He learned that a hyperdrive transport back to Sol was out of the question, and there wasn’t even a place for him in cold sleep aboard a slowship.
con n. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 89 A public venue was naturally out of the question; and very few fen owned homes large enough to house even a small con.
credit n. 1993 J. Pournelle & S. M. Stirling Prince of Sparta 183 We be needing CS credits and Friedlander marks someday too.
cryosleep n. 1987 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & S. Barnes Legacy of Heorot iii. 46 Were there dreams in cryosleep? The neurologists said no, but his memory said yes.
cyberpunk n. 1 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 89 It’s the ultimate synthesis between science fiction, cyberpunk, and horror.
death ray n. 1981 J. Pournelle Decisive Frontier in O. Davis Omni Book of Space 283 The best-known and most often demonstrated space-weapon systems are beam weapons—the ‘death rays’ of H.G. Wells.
fanac n. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 22 Typical fanac, she thought.
fanac n. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 24 That was like Bruce, to evaluate everything, even her personal life, in terms of its utility to the current fanac.
fanac n. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 74 When Bruce raised this expedition, it sounded like good fanac.
fandom n. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 86 Chuck Umber had published fandom’s most successful news magazine for more than twenty years, in formats growing steadily more cryptic and secretive for an audience growing gradually smaller.
fannish adj. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 131 You should see my collection of fannish art.
fannishness n. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 24 Eventually she had had to watch what she said around him because she couldn’t be sure that he wouldn’t denounce her for fannishness to the University.
femmefan n. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 87 A semicircle of femmefans twisted in their chairs to stare at him.
femmefan n. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 328 Downstairs in one of the function rooms, he found Dinsby in a circle of femmefans surrounding Gordon.
fen n. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 19 But why tell me, Bob? I'm fafiated. It’s been years since I've dared associate with fen.
fen n. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 21 A person could get into a lot of trouble for reading SF or for associating with known fen.
fen n. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 89 A public venue was naturally out of the question; and very few fen owned homes large enough to house even a small con.
filker n. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 321 Filkers were gearing up out by the pool; the laughter was louder than the singing.
filking n. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 27 His fingers fluttered through a few traditional tunes: jigs and reels and such; then he started in one some serious filking.
free fall n. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 9 Gordon had been born in free fall and thrust was new to him.
fresher n. 1992 J. Pournelle & S. M. Stirling In Hall of the Mountain King in L. Niven et al. Man-Kzin Wars V i. 11 Sweat stained the fat man’s white linen suit, and a haze of smoke hung below the ceiling as the fresher system fought overstrain.
fugghead n. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 357 Niven’s law. No cause is so noble that it won’t attract fuggheads.
fuggheaded adj. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 357 Some fuggheaded Green Police.
gafiate v. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 23–4 ‘We heard you'd gafiated.’ ‘Fafiated.’ She looked him straight in the eye, daring him to disagree. She hadn’t gotten away from it all; she'd been forced away from it all.
gengineer v. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 363 Those mice are gengineered to produce juvenile growth hormone.
grav n. 2 1974 L. Niven & J. Pournelle Mote in God’s Eye (1975) iv. xlvii. 447 It’s going to be tough facing three gravs after that dinner.
gripping hand n. [1974 L. Niven & J. Pournelle Mote in God’s Eye 167 It left the Motie standing comically on vacuum, its big left hand gripping a ring that jutted out from the hull.]
gripping hand n. 1986 J. Pournelle in Byte June 296/2 On the other hand, when I check with knowledgeable friends, they say they haven’t really solved the problem either. On the gripping hand, as the Moties say, I know it can be done.
gripping hand n. 1993 L. Niven & J. Pournelle Gripping Hand 7 On the one hand, if they shimmy too hard, they may be diseased. On the other, if they don’t shimmy, they haven’t eaten well. On the gripping hand, if they’re too young and healthy they will escape and attempt to eat you.
groundside adv. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 46 Things wouldn’t behave naturally groundside.
hyperdrive n. 1990 J. Pournelle & S. M. Stirling Asteroid Queen in L. Niven et al. Man-Kzin Wars III (1992) x. 166 The commander of the hyperdrive warship Outsider’s Gift sat back and relaxed for the first time in weeks as his craft broke through into normal space.
in-system adv. 1989 J. Pournelle & S. M. Stirling Children's Hour in L. Niven et al. Man-Kzin Wars II (1991) ii. 176 The flatlander warship was still headed insystem; from the look of things they were going to use the sun for a whip-round.
jump v. 1974 L. Niven & J. Pournelle Mote in God’s Eye 103 First Jump was routine. The transfer point to Murcheson’s Eye was well located. New Caledonia was a magnificent white point source in the moment before MacArthur Jumped. Then Murcheson’s Eye was a wide red glare the size of a baseball held at arm’s length.
light sail n. 1974 L. Niven & J. Pournelle Mote in God’s Eye (1976) 48 ‘You knew we were dealing with a light-sail propulsion system, sir?… Sunlight per square centimeter falling on a light sail decreases as the square of the distance from the star. Acceleration varies directly as the sunlight reflected from the sail.’… Renner made another parabola, very like the first, but in blue. ‘The stellar wind can also propel a light sail. Thrust varies about the same way. The important difference is that the stellar wind is atomic nuclei. They stick where they hit the sail. The momentum is transferred directly—and it’s all radial to the sun.’
military science fiction n. 1979 J. Pournelle Mercenaries & Military Virtue in D. Drake Hammer’s Slammers Introd. p. ix Military science fiction is a highly specialized art form. It is attempted often, but there are few writers who know science, society, and the military well enough to write a good story of war in the future.
neofan n. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 91 ‘I just dropped in recently.’ A neofan, then.
null-g n. 1974 L. Niven & J. Pournelle Mote in God’s Eye (1975) iii. xxxi. 316 Null-gee races were a favorite if slightly nonregulation game with midshipmen.
off-planet adj. 1993 J. Pournelle & S. M. Stirling Prince of Sparta 17 They’ve got too much off-planet support.
planetography n. 1974 L. Niven & J. Pournelle Mote in God’s Eye (1975) iii. xxvi. 244 The physical features of Mote Prime are of some interest, particularly to ecologists concerned with the effects of intelligent life on planetography.
psychohistory n. 1980 J. E. Pournelle New Beginnings: The Proper Study of Mankind in Destinies Spring 44 Hari Seldon’s psychohistory probably isn’t possible; but something short of it may yet be developed by people trained in scientific method and equipped with modern tools.
rocketeer n. 1993 J. Pournelle & S. M. Stirling Prince of Sparta 219 Finally, two Helot rocketeers came up.
scanner n. 1974 L. Niven & J. Pournelle Mote in God’s Eye (1975) i. vi. 59 The forward scanners were operative and recording.
sercon n. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 92 Chuck laughed. ‘Sercon,’ he explained. ‘˜Serious and constructive activities.’
sercon adj. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 92 You'll find plenty to entertain you. Not every fan activity is sercon.
slideway n. 1990 J. Pournelle & S. M. Stirling Asteroid Queen in L. Niven et al. Man-Kzin Wars III (1992) iv. 82 The men at either elbow guided him to the slower edge-strip of the slideway and onto the sidewalk.
space v. 2 1974 L. Niven & J. Pournelle Mote in God’s Eye 485 ‘Curse. And how many Mediator pups when they returned?’ ‘I had four sisters.’ ‘Curse!’ Mediators identified with Masters. They held the usual Master emotions about children. Though sterile from an early age, Ivan was not immune to those emotions; but he knew. The children should have been spaced.
stasis field n. 1990 J. Pournelle & S. M. Stirling Asteroid Queen in L. Niven et al. Man-Kzin Wars III (1992) ii. 63 They had a device, a stasis field that forms invulnerable protection and freezes time within; we have never been able to understand the principle and copies do not work, but we have found them occasionally, and they can be deactivated.
suit n. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 11 Five times his suit had leaked air while they worked to save Freedom Station.
supernova n. 1974 L. Niven & J. Pournelle Mote in God's Eye (1976) 278 For astrophysics, perhaps verra important, Captain. They hae been watching yon supergiant for aye their history as it passed across the Coal Sack. ‘Twill go supernova and then become a black hole—and the Moties say they know when.
terraform v. 1974 L. Niven & J. Pournelle Mote in God’s Eye (1975) i. iv. 33 The middle two planets are inhabited, both terraformed by First Empire scientists after Jasper Murcheson.
thruster n. 1974 L. Niven & J. Pournelle Mote in God’s Eye xiv. 113 Whitbread coasted slowly inward. He rode a space-to-space taxi, the cabin a polarized plastic bubble, the short hull studded with ‘thruster clusters’—arrays of attitude jets.
torchship n. 1990 J. Pournelle & S. M. Stirling Asteroid Queen in L. Niven et al. Man-Kzin Wars III (1992) i. 41 The little torchship had not been doing well of late, and the kzin-nominated purchasing combines on the asteroid base of Tiamat had been squeezing harder and harder.
tri-v n. 1974 L. Niven & J. Pournelle Mote in God’s Eye 448 They have given us a tri-v…and it is obviously what the humans watch. There were spokesmen for many Masters. You saw.
trufan n. 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 89 Without Tremont J. Fielding—3MJ as he was known to all trufans—and his sprawling mansion, Minicon might not have come off at all.