Piers Anthony

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13 Quotations from Piers Anthony

beamer n. 1970 P. Anthony Monarch in Worlds of If Nov.–Dec. 130/1 ‘I shall make an example. First I shall vaporize her squat snout.’ He flicked one of this four thumbs over a setting on the beamer and pressed the business end against her nose.
galactic n. 1 1976 P. Anthony Steppe (1980) i. 14 They did not consider themselves demons. In their own odd language they were ‘Galactics’—human beings from far away, representatives of a mighty empire that spanned a much greater region than did the Uigur realm at its height. That empire extended over planets and systems and constellations—though these were concepts of such sorcerous complexity and incongruity as to baffle his mind.
galaxy-wide adv. 1978 P. Anthony Chaining Lady xvii. 258 Melody tried to compose her thoughts, but they were a jumble of uncertainties. What decisions could she have made to avoid this present doom? Had there ever been any hope, or was the Andromedan onslaught prevailing galaxywide? Surely Segment Knyfh was holding out, and the other center-galaxy cultures.
home planet n. 1976 P. Anthony But What of Earth? (1989) 68 The sheer immensity of space, of actually leaving, not my home, but my home planet.
null-grav adj. 1974 P. Anthony Triple Détente i. 9 Henrys climbed to the null-grav tunnel that passed the full length of the ship.
prodom n. 2001 P. Anthony How Precious Was That While xi. 243 I actually entered prodom and fandom simultaneously.
rocketport n. 1990 P. Anthony And Eternity vii. 152 The ship backed down to its rocketport and dropped into its harness. The safe-to-debark gong sounded.
solar n. 1966 P. Anthony & F. Hall Message in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact July 10/2 By centavo, by peso, solar by solar, Manuel had earned the money, as bouncer in the saloons of Juarez—where a glib tongue often made cruder measures unnecessary—and at other odd jobs. He had saved the solars by ruthlessly denying himself all but basic necessities.
space dinghy n. 1969 P. Anthony Macroscope 17 ‘Our shuttle.’ Somehow Ivo had visualized a pint-sized rocket, a space-dinghy built for two. He should have known better. The launch vehicle was thirty-three feet in diameter at the base and not much smaller at the top.
spacegram n. 1984 P. Anthony Mercenary iii. 75 Then I received a cryptic message. It was a spacegram from Jupiter: Do you have it? It was signed ‘Q,’ with no return address or other identification.
suit phone n. 1978 P. Anthony Chaining the Lady vi. 101 [S]he jumped with both feet. Suddenly she was falling through space—with no safety line. It had been a natural reaction, but a mistaken one. She screamed. There was a clamor in her suitphone as the startled men exclaimed. ‘The fool! Doesn’t she know not to—’ ‘Get another line and jet!’ ‘No time; she’ll be out of range before we can—’
terrene adj. 1985 P. Anthony Politician iii. 49 If oxygen is the source of our power, and it requires energy to obtain it, whence comes the power to produce it? The answer is CT— contra-terrene matter, popularly called antimatter or null-matter—the same thing that powers the ships of the Navy. Rods of null-iron are merged with rods of terrene iron, converting into total energy: that is what powers our civilization. Iron is used because it can be handled magnetically; it is of course impossible to handle contra-terrene matter safely any other way.
Titanian adj. 1985 P. Anthony Politician xii. 223 We also knew that on one tiny moonlet, hardly more than a large ring-particle, was an isolated colony of Uranus’ moon Titania, one of the diminishing vestiges of the Titanian Empire that had once spanned portions of the entire Solar System.