Fritz Leiber

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alternate world n. 1944 F. Leiber Business of Killing in Astounding Science Fiction Sept. 61/1 I am visiting the alternate worlds in search of one that has learned how to do away with the horrid scourge of war, in order to bring back the precious knowledge to my erring co-timers.
ftl adj. 1950 F. Leiber Enchanted Forest in Astounding Science Fiction Oct. 111/2 Your FTL radio can take no fix.
ftl adv. 1950 F. Leiber Enchanted Forest in Astounding Science Fiction Oct. 111/2 ‘You fly fast, Elven.’…Elven agreed softly without looking around, and added, ‘FTL’—Meaning Faster Than Light.
shapechange n. 1965 F. Leiber Monsters & Monster-Lovers in Fantastic Mar. 121/1 They are shape-changers too: man turned to wolf or bat, dead come alive, carrion shocked into pulsifing [sic] flesh, Helen Vaughan become slime, Charles Dexter Ward dust. At the alien extreme there are the amorphous shoggoths, their protoplasm molded by hypnotic suggestion, and the man-counterfeiting being from a bluer sun in John W. Campbell’s ‘Who Goes There?’ Closest to home perhaps we have Jekyll-Hyde, a byword for the basic shape-change. Practically all monsters are fundamentally schizoid, symbolizing on the subjective frontier evil, aggression, original sin, the unconscious, the id, the death wish, animus or anima, the shadow.
slidewalk n. 1944 F. Leiber Sanity in Astounding Science Fiction Apr. 168/1 He had stepped on to the corridor slidewalk and had coasted halfway to the elevator before he realized that Phy had followed him and was plucking timidly at his sleeve.
sword and sorcery n. 1961 F. Leiber in Ancalagon Apr. 6 At any rate, I’ll use sword-and-sorcery as a good popular catchphrase for the field. It won’t interfere with the use of a more formal designation of the field (such as the ‘non-historical fantasy adventure’ which Sprague once suggested in a review of Smith’s Abominations of Yondro in AMRA) when one comes along or is finally settled on.
sword and sorcery n. 1961 F. Leiber in Ancalagon Apr. 6 Ancalagon looks nice, especially the…article on fantasy-adventure—a field which I feel more certain than ever should be called the sword-and-sorcery story.
sword and sorcery n. 1961 F. Leiber Letter in Amra early July 21 I feel more certain than ever [that this field] should be called the sword-and-sorcery story. This accurately describes the points of culture-level and supernatural element and also immediately distinguishes it from the cloak-and-sword (historical adventure) story—and (quite incidently [sic] ) from the cloak-and-dagger (international espionage) story too!
tight-beam v. 1959 F. Leiber Our Saucer Vacation in Fantastic Universe Dec. 48/1 ‘Dad,’ I said, tight-beaming it.