Elizabeth Moon

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Elizabeth Moon

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28 Quotations from Elizabeth Moon

ansible n. 1995 E. Moon Winning Colors 89 ‘Communications… You know, when I was commissioned, we didn’t have FTL communications except from planetary platforms. I was on Boarhound when they mounted the first shipboard ansible, and at first it was only one-way, from the planet to us. That was still pretty exciting. Then they worked out how to get enough power for transmission.
ansible n. 2000 E. Moon Against Odds 159 Captain! Ansible flash!… Local origin—this ansible—and it’s… omigod!
ansible n. 2000 E. Moon Against Odds 158 Despite Heris’s sense of urgency, she took her flotilla through the intermediate jump points with all due caution, checking ansible activity along the way. Nothing more from the ansible at CX-42-h and the only word from HQ was ‘Proceed with caution.’
cold sleep n. 1990 A. McCaffrey & E. Moon Sassinak (1991) 88 Sassinak couldn’t imagine anyone wanting it. To be stuck on one planet, or shipped from one to another by coldsleep cabinet? Horrible.
commlink n. 1990 A. McCaffrey & E. Moon Sassinak (1991) 171 What’s your cleanest com link?
escape pod n. 1991 A. McCaffrey & E. Moon Generation Warriors 101 Thinking of Sassinak reminded him again of her experience in the escape pod.
escape pod n. 1998 E. Moon Rules of Engagement 58 A buddy stuffed me in an escape pod, and when old Cutlass was blown, I was safely away.
groundcar n. 1990 A. McCaffrey & E. Moon Sassinak (1991) 149 Trailing a ship through FTL space was, Sassinak thought, like following a groundcar through thick forest at night without using headlights.
groundcar n. 1990 A. McCaffrey & E. Moon Sassinak 141 Lieutenant Commander Huron, I'm sure you wouldn’t listen to idle gossip…any more than I would listen to gossip about you and your passion for groundcar racing.
hull v. 1995 E. Moon Winning Colors 306 That patrol craft had almost hulled an assault carrier by itself.
in-system adj. 1995 E. Moon Winning Colors xvi. 284 By the estimate of the senior engineer aboard the Paganini, the other cruiser’s insystem drive had lost thirty percent of its power.
jump point n. 1995 E. Moon Winning Colours (1999) xv. 268 Many communication modes for ansible transmission were located near jump points, for ease of maintenance and repair.
jumpspace n. 1994 E. Moon Sporting Chance 326 Not good at all. The Benignity has bases on the larger moons of this big lump of gravity we're too close to, and the way we dropped out of jumpspace on their doorstep, they could hardly miss us.
lightspeed n. 1 1991 A. McCaffrey & E. Moon Generation Warriors 331 The more massive yacht, with its limited drive system, could not possibly outmaneuver a Fleet shuttle as long as it stayed below lightspeed.
needler n. 2009 E. Moon Chameleons in New Space Opera 2 376 The needler in his palm would shoot only one at a time…. The drug took a second or more to disable…. If he got the one who held Evan, Merrick would have ample time to shoot him…and then take Evan anyway.
offworld adv. 1998 E. Moon Rules of Engagement (1999) 184 She had taken her argument to the Aunts' Gossip, where her desire to go offworld was quickly approved—she was too intelligent by far to fare well in the local marriage market.
planetside adj. 2000 E. Moon Against Odds (2001) 313 The planetside headquarters of the Regular Space Service comprised a warren of buildings that radiated from the back of the Ministry of Defense.
shapechange n. 1990 A. McCaffrey & E. Moon Sassinak (1990) 208 She nodded to Gelory, who instantly attacked, a move so fast she was sure it must have been half shapechange. Something that felt almost boneless at first stiffened into a leg over which she was flipped—but she coiled in midair, managed to hang onto a wrist, and flipped Gelory in her turn. But this was the only change that Gelory pulled on her for the rest of the session.
skinsuit n. 2006 E. Moon Engaging the Enemy xxi. 338 My father’s hunting weapons were locked up, and I didn’t have the combination, but about then the man’s skinsuit shut down its camo program, and I could see his weapons.
slideway n. 1991 A. McCaffrey & E. Moon Generation Warriors 145 Little vehicular traffic: in fact, little sign of anyone else on the streets. Lunzie presumed that most people used the underground walkways and slideways she and Zebara had used their two previous meetings.
slideway n. 1991 A. McCaffrey & E. Moon Generation Warriors (1992) 205 His shoulders twitched, but he moved across the slideway traffic that way.
slideway n. 1991 A. McCaffrey & E. Moon Generation Warriors (1992) 145 Lunzie presumed that most people used the underground walkways and slideways she and Zebara had used their previous two meetings.
space v. 2 1990 A. McCaffrey & E. Moon Sassinak (1991) 242 In the end they'd won—though they'd had to space most of the trader’s original crew—and she had brought the ship in whole.
space law n. 2006 E. Moon Engaging the Enemy (2007) ii. 18 Space law, Ky recalled, had been more arcane and confusing than n-space theory. ‘I suppose it depends on which jurisdiction we land in... wonder if Osman has a law library in his database anywhere.’
sublight adv. 1991 A. McCaffrey & E. Moon Generation Warriors 153 That’s how emergency calls went out: sublight to the transfer point, which launched the pod, and the pod carried only a standard message, plus its originating transfer code.
suit up v. 1998 E. Moon Rules of Engagement 129 Use your badges and readouts, and any time you’re actually opening units, suit up. This stuff is deadly.
vessel n. 1997 E. Moon Once A Hero 38 Still, the Board recommends that you not be considered for command of a Regular Space Service vessel until you have shown, in combat situations, the level of tactical and operational competence expected of warship commanders.
vidscreen n. 1990 A. McCaffrey & E. Moon Sassinak (1991) 171 His face in the vidscreen already looked different, the face of a fellow captain.