Henry Kuttner

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alien life form n. 1937 H. Kuttner Raider of the Spaceways in Weird Tales July 64/2 It’s a unicellular creature—Janna told me—an alien life-form, developed along lines unfamiliar to us.
astrogate v. 1942 H. Kuttner Vortex Blasters (1968) 141 I was right. Simple instructions and controls. Anybody could operate who could astrogate. And there’s plenty of fuel.
atomics n. 2 1947 ‘K. Hammond’ Lord of the Storm in Startling Stories Sept. 54/1 ‘There’s a weapon right at our hands—the strongest one in the world. All we have to do is use it.’ La Boucherie stilled. ‘Atomics?’ he said, and his voice was not quite steady.
blaster n. 1938 H. Kuttner Hollywood on the Moon in Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr. 26/2 Blast out the lakes and canals—whittle down the peaks and mounds with atomic blasters—file them into the shape of gigantic buildings.
blowup n. 1945 ‘L. Padgett’ Piper’s Son in Astounding Science-Fiction Feb. 19/1 If he had been born before the Blowup, it might have been different. Impossible to say. One could read history, but one couldn’t live it.
blowup n. 1945 ‘L. Padgett’ Beggars In Velvet in Astounding Science Fiction Dec. 14/2 After the Blowup, the fringes of the radioactive areas had caused the mutations of which the telepaths were the only survivors, aside from the occasional monsters—reptiles and harmless beasts—that still lived near the blasted areas.
blowup n. 1946 ‘L. Padgett’ Time Enough in Astounding Science Fiction Dec. 127/2 Five hundred years before, an atom was split and the balance of power blew up. Prior to that time, a number of people had been playing tug of war with a number of ropes. Nuclear fission, in effect, handed those people knives. They learned how to cut the ropes, and, too late, discovered that the little game had been played on the summit of a crag whose precipitous sides dropped away to abysmal depths beneath. The knife was a key as well. It opened fantastic new doors. Thus the Blowup. Had the Blowup been due only to the atomic blast, man might have rebuilt more easily, granting that the planet remained habitable. However, one of the doors the key opened led into a curious, perilous place where physical laws were unstable. Truth is a variable. But no one knew how to vary it until after unlimited atomic power had been thrown onto the market. Within limits, anything could happen, and plenty of things did. Call it a war. Call it chaos. Call it the Blowup.
continuum n. 1938 H. Kuttner Hollywood on Moon in Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr. 28/1 We're looking into fourth dimensional space…So that’s the explanation of the ether eddy. It marks the orbit of a body in another continuum—a fourth dimensional continuum. It’s a hole in space, a hole created by a planet in another Universe.
continuum n. 1940 H. Kuttner Reverse Atom in Thrilling Wonder Stories Nov. 49/1 But this reservoir—Is another continuum. Another Universe, one separated from us perhaps by space and time, filled with potential and kinetic energy as our own Universe is so filled.
Earthside adv. 1947 ‘H. Hastings‘ Big Night in Thrilling Wonder Stories June 45/1 They'll do the refining here and transmit the refined ores back Earthside.
energy screen n. 1940 H. Kuttner Million Years to Conquer in Startling Stories Nov. 89/1 The atomic screen must meet just halfway around the Earth. If you turn on your power too soon, your energy screen will smash mine back and destroy this Tower completely.
gateway n. 1947 H. Kuttner Way of Gods in Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr. 15/2 He shrugged his wings together and stooped to enter the gateway of the new world. Behind them the old man watched in silence, seeing the work of his lifetime ending. The gulf between them was too broad for leaping. He was human and they were not. Across a vast distance, vaster than the gulf between worlds, he saw the family of the mutations step over their threshold and vanish forever.
grav n. 2 1945 ‘L. Padgett’ Camouflage in Astounding Science-Fiction Sept. 150/1 The brain can stand more gravs than the body, but seven’s about tops in any case.
Homo superior n. 1944 ‘L. Padgett’ When the Bough Breaks in Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 81/1 The old order changeth. It had to start sometime. Alexander is the first homo superior.
impossible story n. 1938 H. Kuttner Selling the Fantasy Story in Writer's Digest Mar. 29/1 Impossible stories are the most convincing. They have to be, or editors wouldn’t buy them. It’s easy to believe in a two-fisted cowboy…. But fantasy is a different matter.
matter transmission n. 1949 H. Kuttner Time Axis in Startling Stories Jan. 42/1 Perhaps in a city of the future like this one I had expected vehicles or moving ways of endless belts. Now I saw that at intervals along the street were discs of dull metal set in the pavement. A man would step on one—and vanish. Another man would suddenly appear on another, step off and hurry toward a third disc. It was matter-transmission, applied to the thoroughly practical use of quick transportation.
mutant n. 1947 ‘L. Padgett’ Tomorrow and Tomorrow in Astounding Science-Fiction Jan. 29/2 Was it possible that he, himself, might be a latent mutant? And that the mutation could become dominant under certain conditions—and use supranormal powers?
neural adj. [1949 H. Kuttner Time Axis in Startling Stories Jan. 61/2 I expected the laboratory, enormously braced, enmeshed with catwalks and, sparkling far across the room, the bright neural webbing that meant the dangerous man-machine was in the making.]
pseudo-scientific adj. 1951 H. Kuttner Shock in Outer Reaches 133 In a sense, this story attacks irresponsibility, since it devalues a most familiar structure in pseudo-scientific stories: the twin correlates of Now and Utopia.
psychohistorian n. 1945 ‘L. Padgett’ Piper’s Son in Astounding Science-Fiction Feb. 23/2 I’m trying to look at it from the angle of psychohistorian. If there’d been telepaths in the past, things might have been different.
sense of wonder n. 1946 H. Kuttner Absalom in Startling Stories Fall 96/1 You couldn’t understand it yourself. You tried it, and it was beyond you. You're not flexible. Your logic isn’t flexible. It’s founded on the fact that a second-hand registers sixty seconds. You've lost the sense of wonder. You've translated to [sic] much from abstract to concrete. I can understand entropic logic. I can understand it!
sentient adj. 1949 H. Kuttner Time Axis Jan. xxiv. 78/1 If you can imagine a sharp tool made sentient, you may guess a little of how what followed seemed to us, who were so integral a part of the tremendous conflict, the ultimate destruction.
sentient adj. 1949 H. Kuttner Time Axis Jan. xxv. 80/2 Imponderable forces shifted when that cleavage took place. You and I know nothing about it, for it happened far beyond the perceptions of any sentient creature. But it happened. Oh yes, it happened.
space lock n. 1940 H. Kuttner Million Years to Conquer in Startling Stories Nov. 18/2 ‘Test the atmosphere,’ Theron commanded. Ardath obeyed. Spectroscopic analysis, made from outer space, had indicated that the air here was breathable. The chemical test confirmed this. At Theron’s request, Ardath opened a spacelock. Air surged in with a queerly choking sulphurous odor.
space travelling n. 1940 H. Kuttner When New York Vanished in Startling Stories Mar. 26/2 Space traveling, via rocket, isn’t a cinch, despite the centuries of study and experiment engineers have devoted to the problem.
spacewreck n. 1943 H. Kuttner Soldiers of Space in Astonishing Stories Feb. 93/2 Wait till you’re diving at a spacewreck, head-on, and you’ve got half a second to pull out.
speeder n. 1943 ‘L. Padgett’ Time Locker in Astounding Science-Fiction Jan. 104/1 He tooled the speeder downtown to the office building where he maintained a floor.
suit n. 1945 ‘L. Padgett’ Camouflage in Astounding Science Fiction Sept. 155/2 All he could do, sweating in the uncomfortable suit, was to manipulate a built-in gadget so that he managed to swallow a salt tablet and a few gulps of tepid water.
superpower n. 1944 ‘L. Padgett’ When the Bough Breaks in Astounding Science-Fiction Nov. 91/2 ‘Look, it’s normal for a mother to want to hug her baby. But how can she do that if she expects him to throw her halfway across the room?’ Calderon was brooding. ‘Will he pick up more…more super powers as he goes along?’ [ellipsis in original]
teleport v. 1 1944 ‘L. Padgett’ When the Bough Breaks in Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 89/1 The power isn’t disciplined yet. If I’d tried to teleport Myra Calderon over to Jersey, say, I might have dropped her in the Hudson by mistake.
teleport v. 1 1953 H. Kuttner Pile of Trouble in Ahead of Time 153 I have just rapidly cultured a migraine virus in my blood stream and teleported it to your brain—you gorbellied knave!
teleportation n. 1944 ‘L. Padgett’ When the Bough Breaks in Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 89/1 Teleportation? Quat showed me last night. He can’t do it himself, but I’m X Free super so I can. The power isn’t disciplined yet.
timeline n. 1946 ‘L. Padgett’ Fairy Chessmen in Astounding Science Fiction Feb. 168/2 ‘You can move—and continue to move—in only one temporal direction, either future or past. But you can’t return. You'd meet yourself coming back.’ ‘What?’ ‘It’s a one-way track,’ Wood said. ‘Two objects can’t exist in the same space-time.’ ‘You mean two objects can’t occupy the same space at the same time.’ ‘Well? An extension of Ridgeley exists from now to his own period, along the time-line. He can’t go home. He'd bump into himself. He'd explode or something.’
time track n. 1943 ‘L. Padgett’ The World Is Mine in Astounding Science Fiction June 19/1 Originally, in pattern a, there was no place for the eighty-year-old dead body of Gallegher. It was introduced and changed the future. We automatically switched into another time track.
transmat n. [1947 ‘H. Hastings’ Big Night in Thrilling Wonder Stories June 43/1 ‘I’m one of the consulting engineers on Transmat.’ ‘The matter-transmission gang? What were you doing around the space-docks?’ Ibid. 43/2 ‘Better not tell the skipper you’re a Transmat man. He’d hang you over one of the jets. Send him for’rd when he’s fixed up, Bruno.’ ‘Yessir,’ Bruno said, grinning faintly. An old deep-space man, he didn’t like Transmat either.]
vacuum suit n. 1949 H. Kuttner Time Axis Jan. xiv. 50/1 I passed an Exploratory Station and took a minute to go in and grab a vacuum suit. Carrying it, I headed for a gate in the great dome that covered the city.
Venusian n. 1943 ‘L. Padgett’ Iron Standard in Astounding Science-Fiction Dec. 78/2 All the Earthmen had learned Venusian quickly; they were good linguists, having been chosen for this as well as other transplanetary virtues.