James H. Schmitz

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James H. Schmitz

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deep-space adj. 1951 J. H. Schmitz Space Fear in Astounding Science Fiction Mar. 21/2 It’s an exceptional Illusionist, you know, who won’t play around with deep-space effects in every conceivable variation.
energy screen n. 1964 J. H. Schmitz Undercurrents in Analog Science Fact–Science Fiction May 29/2 The green-jelly creature definitely did hurt people through the energy screens around its enclosure…if the people happened to be telepaths. In them it found mental channels through which it could send savage surges of psi force.
genetically engineered adj. 2000 J. H. Schmitz Blood of Nalakia in Telzey Amberdon 368 In another generation, the genetically engineered biological pattern should be diluted beyond the danger point in his strain.
hive mind n. 1950 J. H. Schmitz in Galaxy Science Fiction Dec. 22/2 It’s pretty certain, too, that the Halpa have the hive-mind class of intelligence, so what goes for the nerve systems of most of the ones they send through to us might be nothing much more than secondary reflex-transmitters.
light barrier n. 1 1949 J. H. Schmitz Agent of Vega in Astounding Science Fiction July 34/2 As soon as he’s ready to take off, he'll drop that light-barrier. When he does, spear him with a tractor and tell him he’s being held for investigation.
mind control n. 1951 J. H. Schmitz Space Fear in Astounding Science Fiction Mar. 24/1 Nothing short of complete mind-control for a period of several weeks.
mind shield n. 1949 J. H. Schmitz Agent of Vega in Astounding Science-Fiction July 28/1 The Psychologist himself, whose dome-shaped dwelling topped one section of the Old Lycannese Hotel, was taking no chances at all these days. From the center of the moving cluster of his henchmen he gave the trailing humanoid’s mind a flicking probe and encountered a mind-shield no different than was to be expected in a traveler with highly valuable commercial secrets to preserve—”a shield he could have dissolved in an instant with hardly any effort at all.
neural adj. 1955 J. H. Schmitz Grandpa in Astounding Science Fiction Feb. 127/2 The countless neural extensions that connected it now with the raft came free in a succession of sucking, tearing sounds.
neural adj. 1951 J. H. Schmitz Space Fear in Astounding Science Fiction Mar. 11/1 The flat, brown, soft-shelled…bodies of the two Bjantas were being drawn in through one of the Viper’s locks and deposited gently in a preservative tank…. Most of the bunched neural extensions that made them a unit with the mechanisms of their detachable space-shells had been sheared off, of course.
overmind n. 1949 J. H. Schmitz Agent of Vega in Astounding Science Fiction July 20/1 The akaba condition was a disconcerting defensive trick which had been played on him on occasion by members of other telepathic races. The facutly [sic] was common to most of them; completely involuntary, and affected the pursuer more or less as if he had been closing in on aglow of mental light and suddenly saw that light vanish without a trace.The Departmental Lab’s theory was that under the stress of a psychic attack which was about to overwhelm the individual telepath, a kind of racial Overmind took over automatically and conducted its member-mind’s escape from the emergency, if that was at all possible, with complete mechanical efficiency before restoring it to awareness of itself. It was only a theory since the Overmind, if it existed, left no slightest traces of its work—except the brief void of one of the very few forms of complete and irreparable amnesia known. For some reason, as mysterious as the rest of it, the Overmind never intervened if the threatened telepath had been physically located by the pursuer.
planeteer n. 1949 J. H. Schmitz Agent of Vega in Astounding Science Fiction July 17/1 But if it was Deel, why should anyone keep a prosperous, reasonably honest and totally insignificant planeteer under telepathic surveillance?
ray v. 1949 J. H. Schmitz Agent of Vega in Astounding Science Fiction July 55/1 However, it wasn’t the first time he’d seen a Zone Agent check in from the Emergency Treatment Chamber of his ship, completely inclosed in a block of semisolid protective gel, through which he was being molded, rayed, dosed, drenched, shocked, nourished and psychoed back to health and sanity.
ship n. 1 1950 J. H. Schmitz Second Night of Summer in T. Shippey Oxford Book of Science Fiction (1992) 172 Eight large ships came individually out of the darkness between the stars that was their sea, and began to move about Noorhut in a carefully timed pattern of orbits.
space armor n. 1950 J. H. Schmitz Truth About Cushgar in Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 24/1 If I’d looked up that moment sooner, I’d have seen what they were like, even in space armor—human or what.
space drive n. 1949 J. H. Schmitz Agent of Vega in Astounding Science Fiction July 35/2 Took off—under space drive!
space lock n. 1949 J. H. Schmitz Agent of Vega in Astounding Science Fiction July 48/2 So it’s worth taking a chance on trying to get her out of there. And here’s what you do. In the first place, don’t under any circumstances get any closer than medium beaming range to that crate. Then, just before I reach the yacht, you’re to put a tractor on its forward spacelock and haul it open. That will let me in close to the control room, and that’s where U-1’s got to be.
spy ray n. 1949 J. H. Schmitz Agent of Vega in Astounding Science Fiction July 29/2 The speeding vehicle was shielded for privacy from all but official spy-rays, and for several more minutes he would have no reason to fear those.
teleporting n. 1949 J. H. Schmitz Witches of Karres in Astounding Science-Fiction Dec. 43/1 That’s when we can do all that stuff like teleporting.
tractor n. 1949 J. H. Schmitz Agent of Vega in Astounding Science Fiction July 34/2 When he does, spear him with a tractor and tell him he’s being held for investigation, because there’s a General Emergency out!
tractor n. 1949 J. H. Schmitz Agent of Vega in Astounding Science Fiction July 35/2 Took off—under space-drive!… How’d he do that without wrecking—With a tractor on him!
xeno- prefix 1962 J. H. Schmitz Novice in Analog Science Fiction June You mentioned, Miss Amberdon, that they have been unable to communicate with other human beings. This suggests then that you are a xenotelepath.