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astrogation n. 1990 B. Shaw Orbitsville Departure 195 The only way of getting hard information was from the astrogation screens, and as soon as the thought came to mind Nicklin felt a compulsion to go to the control deck without delay.
dropshaft n. 1970 B. Shaw One Million Tomorrows in Amazing Stories Nov. 30/2 An hour later he was riding the dropshaft down to ground level.
Earth-type adj. 1 1981 B. Shaw Galactic Tours 46 An idea of its size can be gained from a close study of the illustration—each of the cactus-like vegetables of the planet Excalibur, among which the ship lies, is as tall as a mature Earth-type tree.
esp v. 1976 Giaconda Caper in Cosmic Kaleidoscope (1977) 115 I began to get impatient. ‘All I want from you, Mario, is some information.’ The gleam of avarice in the waiter’s eyes was quickly replaced by a look of wariness. ‘How did you know my name?’ ‘I have ways of knowing things,’ I told him mysteriously. Actually, I wasn’t sure whether I has esped his name or whether it was the only Italian one I could think of on the spur of the moment.
home system n. 1959 B. Shaw Silent Partners in Nebula Science Fiction June 34 A row of buttons was ranged out in a line from a glowing hemisphere to represent the eleven planets of Lurr’s home system.
jump n. 1981 B. Shaw Galactic Tours 43 It is only when the tourist first sets eyes on an interstellar ship that he gets an inkling of the difference in scale between ‘planet-hopping’ within the solar system and the taking of the Big Jump across the void to the vicinity of another star.
nanotechnology n. 1993 B. Shaw Dimensions (1994) 194 They were almost impossible to reproduce, even with nano-technology, and examples of the incredibly delicate material changed hands for millions of monits.
shuttlecraft n. 1981 B. Shaw Galactic Tours 13 Our picture shows the practice areas in use by suited and unsuited vacationers, the illusion of actually being in space enhanced by the sight of a shuttle craft approaching one of the station’s receiving bays.
slideway n. 1981 B. Shaw Galactic Tours 91/2 The Ultiman’s own intricate system of slideways is open to all humans free of charge.
spaceman n. 1990 B. Shaw Orbitsville Departure 103 The spaceman, helmet in one hand, was shading his eyes from the sun’s vertical rays with his free hand while he scanned the horizon.
subetheric adj. 1993 B. Shaw Dimensions (1994) 7 The familiar subetheric voice belonged to Ozzy Drabble, one of Pearce’s oldest friends among the Oscars.
suited adj. 1981 B. Shaw Galactic Tours 13 Our picture shows the practice areas in use by suited and unsuited vacationers, the illusion of actually being in space enhanced by the sight of a shuttle craft approaching one of the station’s receiving bays.
suit radio n. 1954 B. Shaw Trespassers in Nebula Science Fiction (#11) Dec. 30 Through the suit radio Clicklaa’s voice was distorted as he shouted.
time machine n. 1993 B. Shaw Dimensions (1994) 84–5 Time machines existed in his own age, but it was illegal to use them for forays into the past, so if he really was in Victorian England he was almost certainly stranded.
trufan n. 1954 B. Shaw & W. Willis Enchanted Duplicator xviii. 26 This, he knew, must be the Tower of Trufandom—and on its top The Enchanted Duplicator! [...] On either side of him were numerous parks and gardens, great and small, and of varying types of beauty, and in them walked shining, godlike figures whom he knew to be the Trufans. Now and again one of them would notice Jophan, and come to greet him and wish him well, and with each encounter his eagerness grew to reach the Tower and become one of their number.
trufandom n. 1954 B. Shaw & W. Willis Enchanted Duplicator i. 4 ‘Oh Spirit of Fandom, tell me how I may become a True Fan and publish the Perfect Fanzine, for that is what I desire more than anything in the world.’ ‘I see I have chosen wisely,’ said the fairy approvingly, ‘but the way to your heart’s desire is long and hard. To reach it you must obtain the Enchanted Duplicator, sometimes known as the Magic Mimeograph. It lies in the very heart of Fandom, on the top of the High Tower of Trufandom, and the path to it is long and beset with many dangers.’
unfannish adj. 1977 B. Shaw Introduction (Exorcists of IF) in Algol Winter 52/3 [introducing Jim White’s ‘The Exorcists of IF’ (Irish Fandom)] If Jim had his way, all differences of political opinion would be settled by the parties concerned getting together—three times a week if necessary—and talking. I’m not trying to trivialise the issue when I say that Jim regards war as unfannish. I know the sadness he feels over what has happened in Northern Ireland, and I think that when you read ‘The Exorcists of IF’ you will know it too.
unsuited adv. 1981 B. Shaw Galactic Tours 13 Our picture shows the practice areas in use by suited and unsuited vacationers, the illusion of actually being in space enhanced by the sight of a shuttle craft approaching one of the station’s receiving bays.
vacuum suit n. 1990 B. Shaw Orbitsville Departure 103 Although it was the most over-publicised object in the globe, he paused before the heroic bronze which depicted a man clad in a vacuum suit of a design which had been in service two centuries earlier.
warp drive n. 1981 B. Shaw Galactic Tours 50 By the turn of the century the intricacies of the Toynbee warp drive had been sufficiently mastered to permit the building of large, well-equipped exploration vessels which were safe and reliable in operation.
zine n. 1993 B. Shaw Dimensions (1994) 41 For all we know, what you have here are cookery and fashion zines.