Garrett P. Serviss

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disintegrator n. 1898 G. P. Serviss Edison’s Conquest of Mars in Los Angeles Herald 27 Feb. 22/2 The range of the mysterious artillery employed by the Martians was unknown to us. We did not even know the limit of the effective range of our own disintegrators. If it should prove that the Martians were able to deal their strokes at a distance greater than any which we could reach, then they would of course have an insuperable advantage.
energy n. 1898 G. P. Serviss Edison’s Conquest of Mars in Los Angeles Herald 6 Mar. 22/7 He confirmed our opinion that certain of the works which we saw beneath us were fortifications, intended for the protection of the planet against invaders from outer space. A cunning and almost diabolical look came into his eyes as he pointed to one of these strongholds, and then with a sweep of his hand—for we had thought it safe to release his bonds to such an extent that he could partially use one of his arms—indicated our squadron and snapped his fingers with an expression showing that in his opinion we should have no chance against the prodigious energies that would be launched against us.
fleet n. 1898 G. P. Serviss Edison’s Conquest of Mars in Los Angeles Herald 20 Mar. 20/7 By Jove, it is a store house…. We must get more force and carry it all off. Gracious, but this is a lucky night. We can re-provision our whole fleet from this room.
Martian n. 2 [1898 G. P. Serviss Edison’s Conquest of Mars in Los Angeles Herald 6 Mar. 22/7 I cannot undertake to say precisely how much of the Martian language had been acquired by the chief linguists of the expedition before the time when we arrived so near to Mars that it became necessary for most of us to abandon our studies in order to make ready for the more serious business which now confronted us.]
ship n. 1 1898 G. P. Serviss Edison’s Conquest of Mars in Los Angeles Herald 6 Feb. 22/7 Let the Martians come…. If necessary we can quit the earth as the Athenians fled from Athens before the advancing hosts of Xerxes, and like them, take refuge upon our ships—these new ships of space, with which American inventiveness has furnished us.
suit n. 1898 G. P. Serviss Edison’s Conquest of Mars in Los Angeles Herald 13 Feb. 22/6 While it was the intention to remain as much as possible within the cars, yet since it was probable that necessity would arise for occasionally quitting the interior of the electrical ships, Mr. Edison had provided for this emergency by inventing an air-tight dress constructed somewhat after the manner of a diver's suit, but of much lighter material. Each ship was provided with several of these suits, by wearing which one could venture outside the car even when it was beyond the atmosphere of the earth.
warship n. 1898 G. P. Serviss Edison’s Conquest of Mars in Los Angeles Herald 6 Feb. 22/7 As we speeded back across the continent we beheld beneath us again the burdened express trains rushing toward the Atlantic, and hundreds of thousands of upturned eyes watched our swift progress, and volleys of cheers reached our ears, for every one knew that this was Edison’s electrical war ship, on which the hope of the nation, and the hopes of all the nations, depended.