Peter F. Hamilton

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Peter F. Hamilton

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areological adj. 2005 P. F. Hamilton Judas Unchained i. 41 ‘And what sort of science goes on there?’ ‘Just about the full range of planetary science remote sensing: meteorological, geological—I should say Areological—solar physics, radiation. It’s a long list; you name the subject and it'll have its own set of instruments up there busy watching. They're all over Mars, relaying their readings to Arabia Terra, which in turn sends them to us’.
astroengineering n. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star v. 129 ‘How come you didn’t build this at the High Angel?’ Wilson asked. ‘I know it would add another two hundred and thirty light-years to the trip, but that’s not much to this ship if I read the specs right. And they have all the astroengineering expertise there.’
bot n. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star vii. 166 Oscar Monroe had been on site for ten months, managing the crews as they crawled around the wormhole generator armed with screwdrivers, arrays, programs, and every conceivable type of bot.
Dyson sphere n. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star xxii. 722 Why anyone would create such an artefact in the first place was beyond him. It lacked the practicality of a Dyson sphere or a Niven ring.
force field n. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star v. 130 If we're up against weapons that you need to protect a star against, I don’t think a couple of our force fields will be much use.
free fall n. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star xx. 639 So now he was enduring the physical and unfortunately biological discomforts of prolonged freefall once again.
gateway n. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star i. 21 Sleek white passenger expresses flashed past pulling dozens of carriages; multiworld commuters, whose route would take them through twenty or more planets as they rushed from gateway to gateway on a never-ending circuit.
gee n. 2 1996 P. F. Hamilton Reality Dysfunction 5 The acceleration had reached seven gees. She was stuck with her left leg on the floor, foot slipping along the decking as the enormous weight of her thigh pushed down, forcing her knee joint open.
hyperdrive n. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora’s Star v. 126 Sixty-three per cent of the components were fabricated on Augusta, including the wormhole generator mechanism which would act as the hyperdrive.
insectoid adj. 2005 P. F. Hamilton Judas Unchained xviii. 911 Each of the four legs forked, giving it eight hoofs. Two of the arms also divided halfway along. The damn thing was insectoid.
in-system adv. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star xviii. 585 When MorningLightMountain8658 decelerated insystem, it found an extensive civilization occupying the fourth solid planet.
ion drive n. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star vii. 173 Once they'd fallen a kilometre from the gateway, their ion drives came on, pushing them into high-inclination orbits which would provide coverage of the planet’s whole surface.
light-month n. 2020 P. F. Hamilton Saints of Salvation 303 They were six light-months from the Olyix signal station—a modest L-class star with an airless, rocky planet orbiting two AUs out, and a Neptune-sized ice giant huddled away in the cold thirty-two AUs distant.
light-speed n. 2 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora’s Star vii. 183 Once the ship accelerates to its flight velocity of decimal seven two lightspeed, its range is limited only by the amount of fuel it carries to power the force field generators, and indeed the lifetime of the generators themselves.
neural adj. 1997 P. F. Hamilton Escape Route in Interzone 36/2 He ordered his neural nanonics to open a fresh memory cell, and stored the pair of them in a visual file.
nightside adj. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star xxiv. 801 They were a thousand kilometres above Anshun’s nightside equator, and curving round above the second-largest ocean.
non-terrestrial adj. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star iv. 99 A lot of the plant species were certainly non-terrestrial.
off-planet adv. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora’s Star xix. 626 It was inconceivable to build any kind of fuel-burning power station on Earth. Instead it was done cleanly and efficiently offplanet.
off-world adj. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star iv. 93 Walking to the top of Herculaneum was another of Far Away’s principal tourist attractions. It wasn’t difficult, the slopes weren’t particularly steep, and the low gravity gave offworld visitors an easy time of it.
offworlder n. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star iv. 102 He was impressed, for the bag was large and obviously heavy. But despite the clumsy way she carried it, she could lift it easily. She was strong. All offworlders were strong, he knew that.
planet-buster n. 1996 P. F. Hamilton Reality Dysfunction 12 They would have seen a brief surge in the apparent magnitude as Omuta’s mercenary ships dropped fifteen antimatter planet-buster bombs on their home world.
planet-buster n. 1996 P. F. Hamilton Reality Dysfunction 12 But unlike an asteroid impact, where the energy release was purely thermal, the planet-busters each emitted the same amount of radiation as a small solar flare.
prespaceflight adj. 2020 P. F. Hamilton Saints of Salvation 491 ‘We have wormholes and portals stretching almost halfway around the galaxy,’ Kandara said. ‘We are not and never will be “caged in.” Stop thinking in pre-spaceflight terms.’
pressure-suit n. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star iv. 93 The last half had to be covered in pressure suits; and the only real view, sensational though it was, came from Aphrodite’s Seat, the clifftops just below the caldera plateau.
shield n. 2020 P. F. Hamilton Saints of Salvation 13 When he glanced up at the London shield, all he saw was the devil-sky, same as it had been for the last two years: an eerie violet glare seething kilometers overhead.
space-borne adj. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora’s Star xiv. 432 And each of the gas-giant Trojan points, with their broad cluster of medium-sized planetoids, accommodated thriving spaceborne societies.
space cadet n. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora’s Star v. 122 There’s no one else left, Captain Kime. You’re the last space cadet left in the galaxy. We need you.
starship n. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora’s Star iii. 76 With Nigel’s blessing, CST had started practical design work on the starship three days earlier.
superluminal adj. 2005 P. F. Hamilton Judas Unchained xi. 539 There had been no warning of its existence, no detectable superluminal quantum distortion waves which were the signature of human ships and missiles.
super-weapon n. 2005 P. F. Hamilton Judas Unchained xi. 516 There had been quiet rumours about what the frigates would be armed with back at the assembly platform and the town. Superweapons capable of protecting the fleet from any threat.
transgalactic adj. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star xiv. 425 Understanding the technology in the Dark Fortress would elevate our species to unbelievable heights. We could become transgalactic, for heaven’s sake; there really would be no limits to what we could achieve.
transgalactic adj. 2005 P. F. Hamilton Judas Unchained vii. 394 The Prime attack might well be the best thing that ever happened to us, it’s shaken us out of our complacency. Just think of it, fleets flying off into the unknown. I bet we even go trans-galactic one day.
worldlet n. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star viii. 199 The little artificial worldlet was self-sufficient, and self-maintaining thanks to the very large array which ran it.
wormhole n. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star i. 22 Tanyata was very definitely a frontier planet; the last to be established in this sector of phase two space. It simply wasn’t commercially practical to build wormholes that reached any further.
xenobiological adj. 2001 P. F. Hamilton Fallen Dragon ix. 253 Certainly nobody on Earth knew about them. Which is surprising. From a xenobiological viewpoint I cannot overstate how important they are.
xenobiologist n. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star v. 118 What CST actually conducted was planetary surveys, the province of geologists and xenobiologists; they weren’t interested in the void between the stars, there was no striving to bridge the distance.
xenobiology n. 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star vii. 167 A little town of industrial-style buildings surrounded it, containing offices, laboratories, workshops, training facilities, and the xenobiology department.