Gordon R. Dickson

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Anglic n. 1950 P. Anderson & G. Dickson Trespass! in Fantastic Stories Quarterly Spring 133/2 I be—are—am trying to talkest archaic Anglic—Englishk—for the benefit of the Dark Age mind.
earthborn adj. 1953 G. R. Dickson Bleak and Barren Land in Space Stories Feb. 89/1 Letting five hundred Earth-born humans into Modor to settle on the barren land was a fool’s trick, and a flat outrage of a sort of unwritten agreement that had existed for over two hundred years between Modorians and humans, ever since the first ship had landed, in fact.
earthman n. 1957 P. Anderson & G. R. Dickson Earthman’s Burden 13 The first Earthmen had been met with eager admiration by the Hoka tribe near whose village they landed.
Earth-type adj. 2 1957 P. Anderson & G. R. Dickson Earthman’s Burden 8 We thought we’d look in and check on conditions, as well as resting ourselves on an Earth-type world.
humanoid n. 1970 G. R. Dickson Hour of Horde viii. 107 His last fight, with a dark-skinned humanoid named Henaoa, had take all of Miles' strength and skill to win.
insectoid n. 1983 P. Anderson & G. R. Dickson Napoleon Crime in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Mar. 49/2 A creature the size of his thumb fluttered clumsily, ever closer to him. Multiple legs brushed his skin again. ‘Damn,’ he mumbled, and once more made futile swatting motions. The insectoid was as persistent as a terrestrial fly.
intergalactic adj. 1970 G. R. Dickson Hour of Horde iii. 36 The figures of the two men disappeared and were replaced by what looked like a glowing spiral of dust floating against a black background—‘will shortly be facing attack by a roving intergalactic race which periodically preys upon those island universes like our galaxy which dot that intergalactic space’.
mech n. 1965 G. R. Dickson Ounce of Emotion in Worlds of If Oct. 97/2 A freight-handling mech slid into the room.
needle v. 1984 G. R. Dickson Final Encyclopedia xxiv. 235 Hal touched him gently on the shoulder and went to look at the other two casualties, a woman who had taken a weapon burn in her right shoulder, superficial but painful, and a man who had been needled in the chest. Both these other two were unconscious, under sedation.
proto-science fiction n. 1977 G. R. Dickson in R. Fuller Futurelove Introd. p. ix Science fiction itself owes a particular debt of gratitude to the nineteenth-century storytellers—not only to recognized earlier writers of the genre, such as H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, but to many of the other people then writing in Western literature, who wrote either proto-science fiction or fantasy verging on science fiction, simply as variations of the short-story forms in which they were accustomed to expressing themselves.
slugthrower n. 1965 G. R. Dickson Warrior in Analog Science Fiction–Science Fact Dec. 71/2 He had been pulling the trigger of his slugthrower all this time, but now the firing pin clicked at last upon an empty firing chamber.
space-based adj. 1965 G. R. Dickson Ounce of Emotion in Worlds of If Oct. 107/1 His throat ached and was dry as some seared and cindered landscape of Earth might one day be after the lashing of a Chedal spaced-based weapon.
space-going adj. 1966 G. R. Dickson In the Bone in Worlds of If Oct. 142/2 Harry had been trained for all conceivable situations, including an encounter with other intelligent, space-going life.
spaceward adv. 1965 G. R. Dickson Catch a Tartar in Worlds of Tomorrow Sept. 28/1 The ship’s drive sprang to life. Together it, and Hank bolted spaceward.
suit phone n. 1972 G. R. Dickson Pritcher Mass viii. 93 They got up, left the dining area, and took the elevator to the top level. Ten minutes later they were out on the deck in their airsuits, walking clumsily side by side toward a cage at the foot of one of the masts. ‘Keep your suit phone open on my circuit,’ her voice said in his earphones. ‘That way I’ll be able to hear anything you say. Usually, if people begin to hallucinate here on the Mass, they talk or make some kind of sounds that gives it away.’
time storm n. 1977 G. R. Dickson Time Storm 11 He gave us the closest thing to a normal meal that I’d eaten…since the time storm first hit Earth.
transporter n. 1957 G. R. Dickson Cloak & Stagger in Future Science Fiction Fall 29/2 Hey…is this the gimmick that does the transporting?… It makes sense… This is the transporter, or whatever it was. And it’s been damaged.
transporter n. 1959 G. R. Dickson The Catch in Astounding Science Fiction Apr. 73/1 The trip through the transporter was, so far as Mike and Penny had any way of telling, instantaneous and painless. They stepped through a door-shaped opaqueness and found themselves in a city.