Groff Conklin

10 Quotations from Groff Conklin

astrogator n. 1960 G. Conklin Six Great Short Science Fiction Novels 318 Blast the astragator! All it gives is courses that swing around the whole rim of the System.
de Campian adj. 1954 G. Conklin Galaxy’s 5 Star Shelf in Galaxy Science Fiction Nov. 122/1 [T]his is a cops-and-robbers adventure on a planet whose natives are still in a pre-industrial stage of development. It involves a hunt for the runaway daughter of a rich Levantine (Earthian) who has eloped to said planet with a typical de Campian adventurer named Fallon.
Earthian n. 1 1951 G. Conklin in Possible Worlds Science Fiction 347 The Interstellar Empire of Earthians, in full-dress uniform and with all its faults exposed like open sores.
Earthian n. 1 1951 G. Conklin Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf in Galaxy Science Fiction Feb. 101/1 The tale tells how, from a space station on Pluto, a few Earthians, aided by an incredible girl who has been in suspended animation for a thousand years, are able to help avert the collision of our universe with another, a crash which would have been ‘slightly fatal’ to both.
Earthian adj. 1951 G. Conklin in Possible Worlds Science Fiction x BEMs are what science fictioneers call the more horrendous (and juvenile) forms of extra-Earthian life with which the writers of standard space operas used to delight in peopling their alien worlds.
gadget story n. 1951 G. Conklin Galaxy’s 5 Star Shelf in Galaxy Science Fiction July 119/1 Ted Sturgeon’s well-done but minor Memory, very much a gadget story of a sort I did not know T. S. ever wrote; Sam Merwin’s Exiled from Earth, dug from his earliest literary strata; Leigh Brackett’s Retreat to the Stars, one of those Adam and Eve re-creations that I find unconvincing whenever they turn up; and Henry Kutner’s funny but drastically unimportant and non-science fiction Voice of the Lobster.
science fantasy n. 1 1946 G. Conklin Best of Science Fiction Introd. p. xv, So hopelessly fantastic did The Great War Syndicate seem then and later that it dropped into a kind of honorable obscurity. Until recently it was remembered only by science-fiction pioneers like H. G. Wells, who has given Stockton credit for helping him along the road which eventually resulted in The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, and his other famous science fantasies.
science fantasy n. 4 1951 G. Conklin in Possible Worlds Science Fiction 177 For the last story on the Solar System, one has been chosen which many people will call science fantasy rather than science fiction. It is obviously unlike any other story in this book, for it deals with a world which man, by his very nature as living matter composed of chemical bonds, will never be able to explore, and a life form the existence of which he never will be able to prove (or disprove). For the world is the Sun, and the life form a sort of energy-being beside which the Cones described in Frank Belknap Long’s story are simple and understandable constructions.
science fiction n. 1 1964 G. Conklin Science Fiction Special 9 (1974) 74 (editorial introduction to ‘Unit’, by J. T. McIntosh) This brilliant Scotsman first began writing for American publication in 1950, and has since had a sizable number of first-rate science fictions in our magazines.
science fiction n. 1 1951 G. Conklin Galaxy’s 5 Star Shelf in Galaxy Magazine Nov. 97/1 The eleventh of Eric Temple Bell’s pseudonymous science fictions to get into book form during the last quarter-century, this deals with the science and mystery of evolution.