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ansible n. 1977 O. S. Card Ender’s Game in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Aug. 126/2 They left a hundred years ago. And they carried on them the ansible, and only a few men. So that someday a commander could sit on a planet somewhere far from the battle and command the fleet. So that our best minds would not be destroyed by the enemy.
ansible n. 1977 O. S. Card Ender’s Game in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Aug. 118/1 On his first day Ender Wiggin was taught about the ansible and what it meant to warfare. It meant that even though the starships of today’s battles were launched a hundred years ago, the commanders of the starships were men of today, who used the ansible to send messages to the computers and the few men on each ship. The ansible sent words as they were spoken, orders as they were made. Battleplans as they were fought. Light was a pedestrian.
ansible n. 1985 O. S. Card Ender’s Game xiii. 346 Val had finished the first volume of her history of the bugger wars and transmitted it by ansible, under Demosthene’s name, back to Earth.
braintape n. 1979 O. S. Card What Will We Do Tomorrow? in Worthing Saga (1990) Mother’s Little Boys took the body out and disposed of it, and Mother’s braintape was put into safekeeping by those who would never harm it.
cyborging n. 1989 O. S. Card Books To Look For in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Aug. 32/2 Do you want to read a serious extrapolative novel, in which the future of Earth is driven by the rivalry between fading Japan and rising China for cultural domination; in which cyborging, brain transplants, and genetically-altered chimeras bring new wonders and new horrors to humanity; in which new machines and artificial intelligences blur the boundary between tool and user?
cyborgized adj. 1989 O. S. Card Books to Look For in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Dec. 32/2 Do you want to read a novel of character? Then watch these people in flux—cyborgized, rejuvenated, crippled, genetically altered; dehumanized as refugees, samurais, mercenaries, machines.
deep-space adj. 1991 O. S. Card Xenocide viii. 115 But the single shuttle used by the humans of Lusitania would hardly do for transporting material outward for any kind of major deepspace construction program.
earthborn adj. 1991 O. S. Card Xenocide ii. 22 It’s getting into the Earthborn crops that humans need in order to survive on Lusitania.
face plate n. 1991 O. S. Card Xenocide xv. 339 Tears dropped onto the faceplate of the suit.
faster-than-light adj. 1991 O. S. Card Xenocide xi. 246 You can conceive of faster-than-light travel, and yet you can’t imagine destroying the Lusitania Fleet?
fleet n. 1986 O. S. Card Speaker for the Dead (1987) 212 Olhado and the Speaker were playing a game of starship warfare on the terminal…. The two of them were operating squadrons of more than a dozen ships at the same time…. More than half of the Speaker’s fleet disappeared in a series of simulated explosions.
force field n. 1985 O. S. Card Ender's Game viii. 115 A second later he smashed into the forcefield of the enemy’s door and rebounded with a crazy spin.
gravitics n. 1 2017 O. S. Card Children of the Fleet 245 Ah, the things that engineers had to cope with, in the days before the Jukes corporation did its breakthrough work with gravitics.
gravitics n. 2 2017 O. S. Card Children of the Fleet 263 The ship was fully equipped with gravitics. There was no hint of freefall inside this space.
gravity drive n. 1985 O. S. Card Ender's Game (1994) 82 Obviously, we can now control gravity. Turn it on and off, change the direction, maybe reflect it—I’ve thought of lots of neat things you could do with gravity weapons and gravity drives on starships.
insectoid n. 1991 O. S. Card Xenocide viii. 118 The insectoid aliens had haunted her nightmares.
laser gun n. 1985 O. S. Card Ender’s Game v. 41 A lasergun, it looked like, since the end was solid, clear glass.
off-planet adv. 1991 O. S. Card Xenocide xi. 246 She'll have the single starship she needs to get offplanet.
off-planet adv. 1991 O. S. Card Xenocide viii. 115 To him, going offplanet meant taking the shuttle to the orbiting station.
planetside adj. 1979 O. S. Card And what will we do Tomorrow? (1980) 182 He bloodied himself in a dozen planetside wars, sent fleets here and there at his command, but it was I who made the plans…I who fired the starships and sent them on their way.
scout ship n. 1986 O. S. Card Speaker for the Dead Prologue p. xxiii In the year 1830, after the formation of Starways Congress, a robot scout ship sent a report by ansible: The planet it was investigating was well within the parameters for human life.
spacecraft n. 1991 O. S. Card Xenocide xviii. 383 I believe our history is older than the spacecraft that brought it here.
spacefaring adj. 1991 O. S. Card Xenocide viii. 109 Had she thought he would stride off the shuttle as strong and bold as a spacefaring god from some romance?
star drive n. 1991 O. S. Card Xenocide xv. 324 Jakt was getting ready to go back into space…to see whether the original Lusitanian colony ship could possibly be restored for another flight after so many decades without maintenance of the stardrive.
starship n. 1977 O. S. Card in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Aug. 118/1 On his first day Ender Wiggin was taught about the ansible and what it meant to warfare. It meant that even though the starships of today’s battles were launched a hundred years ago, the commanders of the starships were men of today, who used the ansible to send messages to the computers and the few men on each ship. The ansible sent words as they were spoken, orders as they were made. Battleplans as they were fought. Light was a pedestrian.
terraform v. 1991 O. S. Card Xenocide viii. 138 So they can take it to an inhabited world, of course. Instead of finding an uninhabited planet to terraform and colonize.
torch n. 1987 O. S. Card Seventh Son (1988) v. 27 It was the chief use they had for torches, to have them look at an unborn baby just at the birthing time.
xenobiologist n. 1991 O. S. Card Xenocide v. 73 Only a few people understood how much was riding on the work that Ela and Novinha, as Lusitania’s xenobiologists were doing.
xenocidal adj. 1993 O. S. Card Books To Look For in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Dec. 53/1 The two species seem to have no common ground, no hope of a solution short of xenocidal war.
xenocide n. 1986 O. S. Card Speaker for Dead 39 Through these Nordic layers of foreignness we can see that Ender was not a true xenocide, for when he destroyed the buggers, we knew them only as varelse.
xenological adj. 1986 O. S. Card Speaker for Dead 299 It isn’t just good xenological procedure.
zero-gravity n. 1985 O. S. Card Ender’s Game iii. 24 Day after day, in zero gravity, there are mock battles.