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beanstalk n. 1979 C. Sheffield Web Between Worlds (1981) ii. 31 ‘And take a look at the old reports on the dynamics of the bridge. You’ll see that it’s usually called a skyhook, although to me it always seems to be more like a Beanstalk.’ He laughed. ‘Up from the surface of the Earth, to a new land at the top of it—surely that’s a Beanstalk, if ever I heard of one. Pity your name isn’t Jack.’
dropshaft n. 1986 C. Sheffield Nimrod Hunt iv. 45 It was a race along confused networks of high-speed slideways, a plunge along the vertiginous corkscrews of spiral staircases, and finally a series of long dives through the black depths of vertical drop-shafts.
Europan adj. 1989 C. Sheffield Out of Copyright in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction May 97 The Phase B effort that the four combines were working on now was a proof-of-capability run for the full Europan Metamorphosis…. The next phases called for the delivery of fifty asteroids to impact points on Europa (Phase C), followed by thermal mixing operations on the moon’s surface (Phase D).
Ganymedian n. 1992 C. Sheffield Cold as Ice (1993) x. 151 She herself had never found anything wrong with the old nondecimal twenty-four-hour/sixty-minute/sixty-second system, although the Ganymedeans mocked it as being as old-fashioned as fathoms, feet, fortnights, and furlongs.
group mind n. 1986 C. Sheffield Nimrod Hunt xxix. 367 Chan was within the Bahram group mind; but this time, for the first time, he retained some elements of individual consciousness.
hard science fiction n. 1990 C. Sheffield in Thrust Winter 18/3 Someone, to help me pass the time, handed me a copy of…Ringworld… I read it, and I said to myself, ‘Hey, hard science fiction is not dead.’
holoscreen n. 1979 C. Sheffield Grooves of Change in Amazing Stories 14/1 When Wolf’s image appeared on the holoscreen, sleepy-looking and irritated, Park decided he must have made a slight error in his time calculation.
New Wave n. 1990 C. Sheffield How Did a Nice Guy Like You in Thrust Winter 18/3 The New Wave in science fiction can be characterized in many different ways. Some said it was an attempt to bring the writing of science fiction into the 20th Century by introducing techniques that had been common in literary circles for fifty to sixty years. Others said that it was a unique fusion of two realms of creative ideas, the scientific and the literary. Others said that it was a bad thing, and that SF should get out of the salon and back in the gutter, where it belonged. ‘There’s too much literature, trying to pass itself off as science fiction.’
prozine n. 1993 C. Sheffield From Pictured Urn in Quantum Spring–Summer 7/3 ‘Fanzine or prozine?’ Ted asked me on that first evening, when I said that I had published.
skyhook n. 4 1979 C. Sheffield Web Between Worlds (1980) 31 And take a look at the old reports on the dynamics of the bridge. You'll see that it’s usually called a skyhook, although it always seems to be more like a Beanstalk.
solar sailing n. 1988 C. Sheffield Across the Great Divide in J. Baen New Destinies (#3) Spring 21 We can expect developments in chemical rockets, and we can expect ion propulsion and perhaps solar sailing and nuclear to help out on the long hauls.
suit phone n. 1992 C. Sheffield Cold As Ice (1993) xvii. 252 [during a search and rescue operation on Europa] I’d love to see what’s down there, but two of us might be more load than the rim can take. I’ll step back a few meters for safety, then you go ahead. Keep me informed through your suit phone. I’ll pass the word to the others.
wallscreen n. 1978 C. Sheffield Sight of Proteus in Amazing Stories May 6/1 ‘Bey? Put me up on visual, will you,’ said the wall screen. Wolf touched his wrist again adn the cheeful, ruddy face of John Larsen appeared on the wall holo.