Lester del Rey

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antimatter n. 1959 ‘L. del Rey’ Mine Host, Mine Adversary in Fantastic Universe Oct. 8/2 The ship must still be equipped with an antique boron-fusion motor; no anti-matter inverter ever made that much racket. But the leap to hyperspeed was smooth, indicating the engineer knew his job.
dimensional adj. 1963 ‘L. del Rey’ The Sky Is Falling in Two Complete Novels 11 ‘You mean dimensional travel?’ Dave asked. He'd seen something about that on a science-fiction television program.
earthbound adj. 2 1939 ‘L. del Rey’ Luck of Ignatz in Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 10/1 Even veteran spacemen were usually mudsuckers on Venus, and Anne was Earthbound up to now.
earth person n. 1942 ‘L. del Rey’ Wings of Night in Astounding Science-Fiction Mar. 51/2 His thoughts were full of some Earth person of the female element.
everywhen n. 1942 ‘˜L. del Rey’™ My Name is Legion in Astounding Science Fiction June 72/2 The plenum is—”well, the composite whole of all that is and was and will be—”it is everything and everywhen, all existing together as a unit, in which time does not move, but simply is, like length or thickness.
everywhen adv. 1942 ‘L. del Rey’ My Name Is Legion in Astounding Science Fiction June 72/2 The plenum is—well, the composite whole of all that is and was and will be—it is everything and everywhen, all existing together as a unit, in which time does not move, but simply is, like length or thickness.
ferry n. 1962 ‘L. del Rey’ Thunder in Space in Amazing Stories June 21/1 The little ferry ship used between the ships and the station was still here, too. It could be used to bring the fuel back easily, since it had been equipped with tanks for moving fuel between supply rockets and the balloons.
hyperspeed n. 1959 ‘L. del Rey’ Mine Host, Mine Adversary in Fantastic Universe Oct. 8/2 The leap to hyperspeed was smooth, indicating the engineer knew his job.
ion drive n. 1955 ‘L. del Rey’ In the Still Waters in Fantastic Universe June 23/1 He served for a year on one of the old ion-drive passenger lines, and he was quite sentimental about all ion-drive ships.
Lunarite n. 1942 ‘L. del Rey’ Wings of Night in Astounding Science Fiction Mar. 50/1 The one who thought of himself as Slim—massive though he appeared—turned to the approaching Lunarite. ‘What and who are you?’
mech n. 1938 ‘L. del Rey’ Helen O’Loy in Astounding Science-Fiction Dec. 119/2 We naturally mulled over the future of the mechs. He was sure that the robots would beat men some day.
non-human n. 1942 ‘L. del Rey’ Wings of Night in Astounding Science-Fiction Mar. 52/1 Fats has some funny ideas about nonhumans, but he’s a good-hearted sort, on the whole.
planetless adj. 1944 ‘L. del Rey’ Though Dreamers Die in Astounding Science-Fiction Feb. 36/2 Five planetless suns and ninety years of searching are gone.
Solarian n. 2 1969 ‘L. del Rey’ If…and When in Worlds of If July 133/1 [The aliens] haven’t yet found the hyperdrive, discovered three years before on Terra, and our brave Solarians can easily outmaneuvered [sic] them.
space crew n. 1939 ‘L. del Rey’ Luck of Ignatz in Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 15/1 In an emergency, no group of men on Earth can do the work that a space-crew can turn out in a scant half-hour, and these were all seasoned star-jumpers; to them the lack of gravity was a help rather than a hindrance in the swift completion of the work.
spacewoman n. 1951 ‘L. del Rey’ Deadliest Female in Worlds Beyond Feb. 29 He looked at her insignia, knowing Spacewomen were never promoted higher than lieutenants—his own rank—since they were automatically retired at thirty-five.
spacewoman n. 1951 ‘L. del Rey’ Deadliest Female in Worlds Beyond Feb. 37 Then someone threw open the door, and he looked up to see a Spacewoman standing there.
spindizzy n. 1972 ‘L. del Rey’ Hand at Issue in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Apr. 73 He’d still used his ‘spindizzy’ field as a mere means, of course, though to a greater end. But the readers were happy. Not he. He had to go back and write a story of the great engineering study of Jupiter’s gravity that led to the spindizzy.
starfleet n. 1939 ‘L. del Rey’ Luck of Ignatz in Astounding Science-Fiction (UK ed.) 4/2 The luckiest man in the star fleet, the Master had been head tester for the new rocket models until the O.M. decided he needed a rest and sent him to Venus.
ultrawave n. 1939 ‘L. del Rey’ Habit in L. del Rey Early del Rey (1975) 64 The radio signals came through on the ultrawave every so often, but the pep-talk description of the thrilling contest for endurance racing didn’t mean much when I put it up against the facts.
visiphone n. 1940 ‘L. del Rey’ Stars Look Down in L. del Rey Early del Rey (1975) 136 The frown was still on his face as he got up and went out to the new office where he could use the visiphone.
visiphone v. 1940 ‘L. del Rey’ in Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 24/1 Stewart had visiphoned that he was coming under a temporary truce, so Erin was not surprised.