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blast off v. 2016 C. J. Anders All the Birds in the Sky ii. 29 ‘Oh.’ Laurence looked into his hot-chocolate foam. So that was it. He wasn’t going to get to see anything. Somehow he’d let himself believe that if he saw a rocket blast off, something that had been right in front of him and was now free of our planet’s gravity, he would be set free, too.
cycle n. 2021 C. J. Anders Victories Greater Than Death xii. 67 Bad news, we can’t outrun it at .57 luminals per cycle, unless we get our engines back online.
earth people n. 2021 C. J. Anders Victories Greater Than Death xiv. 81 ‘Everyone strap in,’ Yatto the Monntha says as soon as we stumble off the platform and gulp some luxurious oxygen. ‘The Earth people just launched one of their large hot objects at us, and we’re in no condition to take another hit. Plus two more Compassion ships are approaching.’
impeller n. 2021 C. J. Anders Victories Greater Than Death xiii. 69 The locker contains the makings of a personal impeller—basically, a jetpack that can go up to a dozen miles per second—and I can’t even see how they fit together.
light-year n. 2021 C. J. Anders Victories Greater Than Death xxxv. 191 ‘A whole star system with no organic life anywhere near, not for several light-years in any direction. Not even bacteria.’ Yma lets out a dark purple bobble [sic]. ‘Why do I find myself doubting this is a coincidence?’
pseudopod n. 2019 C. J. Anders City in the Middle of the Night 51 On one of the chairs, a marmot named Cyrus sleeps, with rippling golden fur and blue velvety pseudopods that can extrude or disappear as needed. Most people have never seen a marmot before, let alone a full-grown one that weighs as much as a human toddler. Some of them dare to lean forward and touch Cyrus, and his contented rumble first startles and then relaxes them.
scout ship n. 2019 C. J. Anders City in the Middle of the Night iv. 217 Our ancestors had drones! They had shuttles, scoutships, survival suits. They had computers! And most of it is just sitting out there, where it got crashed by the weather, or the wildlife.
space dinghy n. 2021 C. J. Anders Victories Greater Than Death liii. 273 The Unquenchable finally notices us, and reaches out with an ion harness to pull our little space dinghy inside their cargo hold.
space opera n. 2021 C. J. Anders The Space Opera Was Dying. Then ‘The Expanse’ Transformed the Genre For a New Generation in Esquire 3 Feb. (electronic ed.) Space opera has always carried a lot of baggage, thanks to its roots in imperialism, colonialism and the myth of the rugged explorer who brings civilization with him. It didn’t help that Smith started introducing themes of eugenics into his Lensmen novels, and notoriously racist editor John W. Campbell inserted his ideas of the ‘superior man’ into many of space opera’s formative works.
stellar cartography n. 2021 C. J. Anders Victories Greater Than Death xxxv. 191 ‘You’ll never guess, it wasn’t obvious at first, but I figured it out because of all the things that Riohon has been teaching me about stellar cartography and different notation systems.’ ‘Is it a star map?’ I squint, trying to see a constellation. ‘No, no. It’s a stellar classification system.’