Leigh Brackett

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dimensional adj. 1944 L. Brackett Veil of Astellar in Thrilling Wonder Stories Spring 59/2 I could remember those alien years. Dimensional walls are no barrier to thought. You lie under the X-crystals and watch them pulse from mist-gray to depthless black. Your mind is sucked out of you and projected along a tight beam of carefully planned vibration, and presently you’re in another space, another time.
earth folk n. 1976 L. Brackett Lake of Gone Forever in Space Odysseys 46 Ciel rose obediently but her eyes watched him slyly as she followed the Earthfolk out and down the hall.
galaxy-wide adj. 1951 L. Brackett Starmen of Llyrdis in Startling Stories Mar. 72/1 All this vast ordered turmoil of routine and activity, all the galaxy-wide trade that centered here, the thousand-year solidity of Vardda commercial monopoly—how could he have dreamed that a pitifully faint and aborted radio call could ever shake it?
gateway n. 1944 L. Brackett Veil of Astellar in Thrilling Wonder Stories Spring 63/1 The crystals hung in a wide circle, tilting slightly inward. They pulsed with a blackness that was beyond mere dark, a negative thing as blazing and tangible as sunlight. The angle of tilt and the tuning of the facets against one another made the difference in the result, whether projecting the Veil, or motive power, or hypnosis, or serving as a gateway to another time and space.
hulled adj. 1941 L. Brackett Retreat to the Stars in Astonishing Stories Nov. 45/1 The Sparling bucked dangerously under his hands. He cursed it, whirled it toward another fighter. The third was maneuvering for a tube shot. Ralph’s heat-ray raked out. The fighter, hulled, reeled away as her men died in the vacuum.
impervium n. 1944 L. Brackett Terror Out of Space in Planet Stories Summer 36/1 Farrell went on screaming. His throat seemed to be lined with impervium.
interworld adj. 1944 L. Brackett Veil of Astellar in Thrilling Wonder Stories Spring 50/1 A little over a year ago, Solar Arbitrary Time, a message rocket dropped into the receiving chute at the Interworld Space Authority headquarters on Mars.
Martian n. 2 1948 L. Brackett Beast-Jewel of Mars in Planet Stories Winter 16/1 She stared with half-blind eyes at the Earthman, and suddenly she spoke, in sonorous High Martian, a tongue as antique on Mars as Sanskrit is on Earth.
message rocket n. 1944 L. Brackett Veil of Astellar in Thrilling Wonder Stories Spring 50/1 A little over a year ago, Solar Arbitrary Time, a message rocket dropped into the receiving chute at the Interworld Space Authority headquarters on Mars.
mind control n. 1944 L. Brackett Terror Out of Space in Planet Stories Summer 37/1 And She was a whiz at hypnosis and mind-control.
needle gun n. 1942 L. Brackett Sorcerer of Rhiannon in Astounding Science Fiction Feb. 46/2 He had a needle gun in his hand, and six or seven black-clad policemen just behind him.
needle gun n. 1949 L. Brackett Lake of Gone Forever in Thrilling Wonder Stories Oct. 71/1 He had hidden a small anaesthetic needle-gun under his coverall in case of need.
planet-bound adj. 1944 L. Brackett Veil of Astellar in Thrilling Wonder Stories Spring 53/1 You planet-bound people build your four little walls of thought and roof them in with convention, and you think there’s nothing else. But space is big, and there are other worlds, and other ways.
space-burned adj. 1944 L. Brackett Veil of Astellar in Thrilling Wonder Stories Spring 57/2 His hair was as black as mine used to be, his skin space-burned dark and leathery.
starway n. 1951 L. Brackett Starmen of Llyrdis in Startling Stories Mar. 33/2 Vardda, lord of the starways!
ultrawave n. 1951 L. Brackett Starmen of Llyrdis in Startling Stories Mar. 60/1 Kerrel’s face appeared on the small screen. There was no need now for the ultra-wave and the ordinary visiphone unit had been cut in.
unhuman n. 1944 ‘L. Brackett’ Jewel of Bas in Planet Stories Spring 19/1 One of the slim unhumans turned and looked with its depthless black eyes at the soaring metal giant.
vacsuit n. 1942 L. Brackett Child of Sun in Planet Stories Spring 107/2 ‘Vac suits,’ he said. ‘There are two and a spare.’ They got into them, shuffled through the airlock, and stood still, the first humans on an undiscovered world.
visiphone n. 1952 L. Brackett Starmen (1976) 129 Kerrel’s face appeared on the small screen. There was no need now for the ultra-wave and the ordinary visiphone unit had been cut in.