Anson MacDonald

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Callistan n. 1 1941 ‘A. MacDonald’ ‘—We Also Walk Dogs’ in Astounding Science-Fiction July 131/2 Air pressure, humidity, radiation densities, atmosphere chemistry, temperatures, cultural conditions—those things are all simple. But how about acceleration? We could use a centrifuge for the Jovians, but Martians and Titans and Callistans and the rest of the small-planet people—that’s another matter. There is no way to reduce Earth-normal gravity.
groundhog n. 1942 ‘A. MacDonald’ Waldo in Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 18/2 Stevens streaked in after him, displaying a groundhog’s harmless pride in handling himself well in space conditions.
groundhog n. 1942 ‘A. MacDonald’ in Astounding Science Fiction Aug. 19/1 It is hard for a groundhog to dismiss the notion of weight.
needle-beam n. 1942 ‘A. MacDonald’ Beyond This Horizon in Astounding Science Fiction Apr. 12/1 In fact, he had not noticed that his friend was wearing anything new in the way of weapons—had he arrived unarmed, Monroe-Alpha would have noticed it, naturally, but he was not particularly observant about such matters, and could easily have spent two hours with a man and never notice whether he was wearing a Stokes coagulator or a common needlebeam.
non-human adj. 1942 ‘A. MacDonald’ Beyond This Horizon in Astounding Science Fiction Apr. 79/1 The distribution of life through the physical universe, for example, and the possibility that other, nonhuman intelligences existed somewhere. If there were such, then it was possible, with an extremely high degree of mathematical probability, that some of them, at least, were more advanced than men.
pseudogravitational adj. 1942 ‘A. MacDonald’ Waldo in Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 50/2 He felt the pull of the pseudo gravitational field, felt his legs grow heavy.
stasis field n. 1942 ‘A. MacDonald’ Beyond This Horizon in Astounding Science Fiction Apr. 31/1 Monroe-Alpha began to understand what they were talking about. It was the so-called Adirondack stasis field. It had been a three-day wonder when it was discovered, a generation earlier, in a remote part of the mountains from which it got its name.
waldo n. 1942 ‘A. MacDonald’ Waldo in Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 16/2 Even the…humanoid gadgets known universally as ‘waldoes’…passed through several generations of development…in Waldo’s machine shop before he redesigned them for mass production. The first of them…had been designed to enable Waldo to operate a metal lathe.