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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.
Betelgeusean n. 2 1959 P. Anderson Message in Secret in Fantastic Dec. 32/1 Oleg himself reads only Altaian and the principal Betelgeusean language.
Centaurian n. 2 1943 I. Asimov Death Sentence in Astounding Science-Fiction Nov. 35/1 But he doesn’t claim to be able to decipher more than portions. He says it is related to ancient Centaurian and I’ve put linguists to work on it. It can be cracked and if his translation isn’t accurate, we’ll know about it.
downtime adv. 1972 P. Anderson There Will Be Time (1973) 51 He would take certain stamps and coins uptime and sell them to dealers; he would go downtime with a few aluminum vessels, which were worth more than gold.
dropshaft n. 1952 P. Anderson Star Plunderer in Planet Stories Sept. 58 We were herded down the long corridors and by way of wooden ladders (the drop-shafts and elevators weren’t working, it seemed) to the cells.
farside n. 1958 P. Anderson We Have Fed Our Sea in Astounding Science Fiction Aug. 24/2 ‘You must go to the Moon quite often.’… Maclaren nodded. ‘Mount Ambarzumian Observatory, on Farside.’
gee n. 2 1951 P. Anderson Tiger by the Tail in Planet Stories Jan. 40/2 He was humanoid to a high degree, perhaps somewhat stockier than Terrestrial average—and come to think of it, the artificial gravity was a little higher than one gee—and with very white skin, long tawny hair and beard, and oblique violet eyes.
genetic engineer n. 1954 P. Anderson Big Rain in Astounding Science Fiction Oct. 22/2 Meanwhile giant pulverizers were reducing barren stone and sand to fine particles which would be mixed with fertilizers to yield soil; and the genetic engineers were evolving still other strains of life which could provide a balanced ecology; and the water units were under construction.
sailship n. 1964 ‘W. P. Sanders’ Sunjammer in Analog Apr. 19/2 The messages which drew a herdship off her path had always been automatic: beeps from a sailship whose interior sensors had registered trouble.
slugthrower n. 1954 P. Anderson Ghetto in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction May 108 A hunting marcat screamed in the night. She shivered…. ‘Local carnivore, Freelady. Don’t let it worry you.’ He slapped his slug[-]thrower, obscurely pleased at a chance to show—what? Manliness?
sophont n. 1966 P. Anderson Trouble Twisters 58 Likewise with the psychology of intelligent species. Most sophonts indeed possess basic instincts which diverge more or less from man’s. With those of radically alien motivations we have little contact.
star drive n. 1948 P. Anderson Genius in Astounding Science Fiction Dec. 25/1 They’ll know the principles of the star drive in a few more generations, and invent a faster-than-light engine almost at once!
starfaring adj. 1960 P. Anderson High Crusade (1982) xiii. 78 Their skirmishes with rival starfaring nations were mostly aerial.
sublight adv. 1966 P. Anderson Sun Invisible in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Apr. 134/1 They’d also go sublight, and home on the neutrino emission of his power plant.
time hopper n. 1 1955 P. Anderson Time Patrol in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction May 21/1 Everard swung onto the time hopper, set the controls for 464 a.d. at Addleton Barrow, a summer midnight, and threw the switch.
time patrol n. 1955 P. Anderson in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction May 3 (title) Time Patrol.
time war n. 1950 P. Anderson Flight to Forever in Super Science Stories Nov. 22/2 Among other things they forbade was time travel. But it had never been popular with anyone since the Time War, when a defeated Directorate army had leaped from the twenty-third to the twenty-fourth century and wrought havoc before their attempt at conquest was smashed.
uptime adj. 1972 P. Anderson There Will Be Time (1973) 155 To the greatest extent possible, the earliest traveler recruits were trained into a cadre of recruiters, who wasted no energy in being uptime overlords.