C. M. Kornbluth

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aircar n. 1952 F. Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth Gravy Planet in Galaxy Science Fiction June 8/1 ‘They listened to the safety cranks and stopped us from projecting our messages on aircar windows, but Lab tells me—’ he nodded to our director of research across the table—‘that soon we’ll be testing a system that projects direct [sic] on the retina of the eye.’
automatics n. 1940 ‘S. D. Gottesman’ King Cole of Pluto in Super Science May 94/2 ‘Fire!’ And the ship roared sharply up and out of the asteroid belt, its powerful rocket engines—designed to move twenty times the weight of the scow alone—straining to drag the ponderous cargo hulk behind it. Soon the initial speed lessened, and they were roaring along at an easy thousand K. P. S. The captain rose and set the automatics; tried to shake some of the blood from his legs into his head. He could rest now.
automatics n. 1954 C. M. Kornbluth & F. Pohl Search the Sky iii. 33 It is conceivable, of course, that a planet might be asleep at the switch. We could believe it, I suppose, if it seemed that the first-choice planet somehow didn’t pick the ship up when this longliner came into radar range. In that event, of course, it would orbit once or twice on automatics, and then select for its first alternate target—which it did.
earther n. 1952 C. M. Kornbluth Make Mine Mars in Science Fiction Adventures Nov. 73/2 ATTN MCGILLICUDDY RE CLIENT RELATIONS NEED SOONEST ILLUMINATED SCROLL PRESENT HOMER WITHERSPOON PRESIDENT FROSTBITE HONORING HIM 40 YEARS MEMBERSHIP FROSTBITE PLANETARY PARTY USUAL SENTIMENTS NOTE MUST BE TERRESTIAL STYLE ART IF NOT ACTUAL WORK EARTHER ACCOUNT ANTIBEM PREJUDICE HERE FRBBUO END.
floater n. 1952 C. M. Kornbluth Make Mine Mars in Science Fiction Adventures Nov. 84/1 After a smooth landing I took an Eastbound chair from the field and whistled as the floater lifted me to the ISN floor.
Luna City n. 1952 F. Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth in Galaxy Science Fiction July 156/1 They pooh-poohed that possibility and set me to wait on a bench while queries were sent to the Schocken branch in Luna City.
slidewalk n. 1952 F. Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth in Galaxy Science Fiction July 139/2 I stepped on the leftbound slidewalk and went past the door marked ‘Mail Room’, to the corridor juncture where my slidewalk dipped down around its roller.
spaceline n. 1952 C. M. Kornbluth Goodly Creatures in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Dec. 81 Farwell snorted and poured himself a drink before he buckled down to planning a series of releases for the International Spacemen’s Union. The space lines, longing for the old open-shop days, were sniping at the I.S.U. wherever they found an opening.
spacer n. 2 1941 ‘S. D. Gottesman’ Dead Center in Stirring Science Stories Feb. 20/1 About them rose the gigantic ribs of the super-spacer that Angel Maclure had undertaken to build.
space tug n. 1940 ‘S. D. Gottesman’ King Cole of Pluto in Super Science Stories May 100/2 Reeking with oil and dressed in the rags of an outlaw space-tug’s crew, he passed into the dismal underworld as one of its own creatures.
spacing n. 1 1942 ‘C. Corwin’ Crisis! Science Fiction Quarterley Spring 130/2 Earth was in a very peculiar situation. Only a century ago it had begun really intensive spacing, with freight-exchanges and mining.
stunner n. 1941 ‘S. D. Gottesman’ Fire-Power in Cosmic Science-Fiction July 12/2 Armament, every first-class operative own a hand-gun and shells. Most of them carry illegal personal electric stunners.
supernormal n. 1950 C. M. Kornbluth Little Black Bag in Astounding Science-Fiction July 135/2 The supernormals ‘improved the product’ at a greater speed than the subnormals degraded it, but in smaller quantity because elaborate training of their children was practiced on a custom-made basis.
terrestial adj. 1952 C. M. Kornbluth Make Mine Mars in Science Fiction Adventures Nov. 73/2 ATTN MCGILLICUDDY RE CLIENT RELATIONS NEED SOONEST ILLUMINATED SCROLL PRESENT HOMER WITHERSPOON PRESIDENT FROSTBITE HONORING HIM 40 YEARS MEMBERSHIP FROSTBITE PLANETARY PARTY USUAL SENTIMENTS NOTE MUST BE TERRESTIAL STYLE ART IF NOT ACTUAL WORK EARTHER ACCOUNT ANTIBEM PREJUDICE HERE FRBBUO END.
time cop n. 1953 C. M. Kornbluth Time Bum in Fantastic Jan.–“Feb. 143/2 TAIM KOP NABD: PROSKYOOTR ASKS DETH Patrolm'n Oskr Garth 'v thi Taim Polis w'z arest'd toodei at hiz hom, 4365 9863th Strit, and bookd at 9768th Prisint on tchardg'z 'v Polis-Ekspozh'r.
time police n. 1969 C. M. Kornbluth Time Bum in Fantastic June 85/2 In the end the Time Police punished him for unauthorized time traveling. They had come back and got him, brought him back to his own time.