Ross Rocklynne

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energy n. 1946 ‘R. Rocklynne’ in Astounding Science Fiction June 84/1 Gull adjusted the valves [of his flame pistol]…and it settled down to an inch-thick sword of flaming, violet-blue energy.
flame pistol n. 1939 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Empress of Mars in Fantastic Adventures May 35/2 I was baffled, trying to fathom his purpose. But nothing loath, expecting anything from death to outright freedom, I moved toward the door, still under the compulsion of his flame pistol.
flame pistol n. 1946 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Bottled Men in Astounding Science Fiction June 84/1 Gull came to his feet with vigor. He took up his flame pistol, adjusted the valves. A long smoky flame leaped out. Gull adjusted the valves again and it settled down to an inch-thick sword of flaming, violet-blue energy. Gull directed this against the dome of the natural bottle, held it there.
graviton n. 1941 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Time Wants Skeleton in Astounding Science-Fiction June 16/2 A Wittenberg disrupter tears atoms apart. The free electrons are shunted off into accumulators, where we get power for lighting, cooking, heating and so forth. The protons go into the proton analyzer, where the gravitons are ripped out of them and stored in a special type of spherical field. When we want to move the ship, the gravitons are released. They spread through the ship and everything in the ship. The natural place for a graviton is a proton. The gravitons rush for the protons—which are already saturated with 1846 gravitons. Gravitons are unable to remain free in three-dimensional space. They escape along the time line, into the past.
graviton n. 1942 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Jackdaw in Astounding Science Fiction Aug. 62/1 My luck with a command netted a few puzzles—the peculiar relationships of gravitons to chronons for one, which, of course, was cracked, but only after a thousand years of concerted effort from the entire Third Level Corps.
gravitonic adj. 1943 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Exile to Centauri in Thrilling Wonder Stories Aug. 37/2 You see how beautiful it is? Suppose that we can isolate gravitons, make a gravitonic matrix. Strip the magnetic field from the electron, and you may have a particle which will react to your coordinate verniers the way you want it to!
light-century n. 1940 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Into Darkness June 56/2 There were none of his friends near, nor his Mother, nor great-brained Oldster—there was no living thing within innumerable light-centuries.
lightspeed n. 1 1940 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Into Darkness in Astonishing Stories June 61/1 Far past in the gone ages of our race, we were pitiful, tiny blobs of energy which crept along at less than light speed.
needle gun n. 1939 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Empress of Mars in Fantastic Adventures May 33/1 The game was up? No, by God! and I rammed home the final plunger, and the bee-wing took off flapping up into the thin air and forward with such speed that in a matter of seconds Cammint was a dot of light in the darkness, and the city of Jador was sprawled in fantastic shadows below. I went blind, without lights, never knowing when some similar craft might blunder out of the encircling darkness full tilt into me. I set my course for the Royal Palace, and had my forward needle guns set for any who dared offer me hindrance.
planetographer n. 1943 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Slaves of Ninth Moon in Planet Stories Mar. 103/1 It just happens to be one of those unimportant planets the planetographers have passed by.
pressor n. 1942 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Abyss of Darkness in Astonishing Stories Dec. 95/2 A half-dozen rays, tractors and pressors both, stopped his protests, tore at him, pushed him, whirled him, until great foaming puffs of brilliance were erupted from his over-size body. In a fury, he lashed out with his own rays, but they were clumsily, ineffectively guided.
pressor ray n. 1942 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Day of the Cloud in Startling Stories Nov. 80/2 With a modification of the pressor ray, the ships would pulverize those fragments into clouds of dust.
Sol III n. 1942 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Jackdaw in Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 68/2 But where, in all the universes which stretched endlessly through the cosmos, had there been a precedent for the thoroughly confounding incidents which had occurred on Sol Three?
suit n. 1936 ‘R. Rocklynne’ in Astounding Stories June 70/2 Or else we wait until our oxygen tanks run low, and then cut a hole in the fabric of our suits.
suit n. 1936 ‘R. Rocklynne’ in Astounding Stories June 68/1 Both were clad in the tough, insulated, smoothly curving suits that man must wear in space.
timeline n. 1941 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Time Wants Skeleton in Astounding Science-Fiction June 16/2 A Wittenberg disrupter tears atoms apart. The free electrons are shunted off into accumulators, where we get power for lighting, cooking, heating and so forth. The protons go into the proton analyzer, where the gravitons are ripped out of them and stored in a special type of spherical field. When we want to move the ship, the gravitons are released. They spread through the ship and everything in the ship. The natural place for a graviton is a proton. The gravitons rush for the protons—which are already saturated with 1846 gravitons. Gravitons are unable to remain free in three-dimensional space. They escape along the time line, into the past.
time travel v. 1941 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Time Wants A Skeleton in Astounding Science-Fiction June 38/1 How convenient this was. One time-traveled. One witness to the origin of the asteroids. Similarly, one might time-travel and understand at last the unimaginable, utterly baffling process by which the solar system came into being.
tin can n. 1952 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Interplanetary Tin Can in Science Fiction Adventures Nov. 55/2 We're a couple miserable Texas cowboys. We built an interplanetary tin can. People made fun of us.
tin can n. 1952 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Interplanetary Tin Can in Science Fiction Adventures Nov. 54/2 Our tin can landed first.
tractor ray n. 1940 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Into Darkness in Astonishing Stories June 63/1 Then he took the planet up in a tractor ray, and swung it around and around, as he now so vividly recalled doing in his childhood.