John Russell Fearn

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astroengineer n. 1953 ‘V. Statten’ Black Avengers vii. 99 ‘Make a good job of those dummy instruments.’ ‘You can be sure of that, sir!’ And there was a laugh from the astro-engineer at the other end of the line.
countergravity adj. 1940 ‘T. Ayre’ Twilight of the Tenth World in Planet Stories Winter 107/1 Suppose the shells that dropped released a counter-gravity force upon impact: do you see what would happen?
cycle n. 1937 J. R. Fearn Worlds Within in Astounding Stories Mar. 18/2 For hundreds of cycles ill health has been unknown amongst us. How can I possibly be unwell?
Earth-norm n. 1938 J. R. Fearn Summons from Mars in Amazing Stories Mar. 98/2 The blood of an Earthling is held in its circulatory tract by gravity fixed at Earth-norm.
Earth-norm adj. 1942 ‘T. Ayre’ Vampire Queen in Planet Stories Fall 65/2 Wearied, we went back to the ship and relaxed gratefully in the Earth-norm gravity.
energy gun n. 1939 J. R. Fearn Black Empress in Amazing Stories Jan. vi. 109/1 We’re going to blast the remaining few feet of tunnel and get inside—It’s a cinch to catch her alone. Even if we don’t that energy gun will take care of everything.
hell planet n. 1938 J. R. Fearn Zagribud in Amazing Stories Feb. 106/1 Make Rath Granod eat the dirt of his own hell planet!
homeworld n. 1940 J. R. Fearn Queen of Venus in Marvel Stories Nov. 37/1 We did discover among other things that the original plague which drove us from our home world of Venus has long ago ended. Venus can be tenanted again.
Jovian n. 2 1938 J. R. Fearn Zagribud in Amazing Stories Apr. 75/2 ‘Well?’ he demanded curtly, also speaking Jovian with difficulty with my Earthly voice. ‘What is it?’
saucer people n. [1950 ‘V. Statten’ Cosmic Flame ii. 17 Not even flying saucers can get past our Earth-barriers; they’re too sensitive for that. And also don’t forget that the flying-saucer people—whoever they may be—have no need to dictate terms by radio. They have enough power to smash everything on Earth at one blow if they wish: their far-reaching scientific knowledge, compared to ours, proves it.]
space conquest n. 1937 J. R. Fearn Brain of Venus in Thrilling Wonder Stories Feb. 44/1 The old system had been better, controlled by the original discoverer of space conquest.
space navigator n. 1941 J. R. Fearn Cosmic Derelict in Planet Stories 62/2 I ken one thing, sir—ye're not much o' a space navigator.
spaceward adj. 1940 J. R. Fearn War of the Scientists in Amazing Stories Apr. 69/2 Sykes swept on through the mist, following close in the wake of the spaceward bacilli horde.
timeline n. 1935 J. R. Fearn Liners of Time in Amazing Stories May 32/1 The two Presidents—Templeton and Folson—were indeed the only men in the whole time[-]line who knew the real secret of a time[-]liner and how it operated. [Ibid. 34/2] Projection into the actual gas of evolution made it possible for Man to race far ahead of his own Age, into the distant future, or force his way back along the time line to the past.
time machine n. 1935 J. R. Fearn Liners of Time in Amazing Stories June 15/2 ‘And how did you get back?’ ‘By the test time machine Carreno sent into the past many years ago. You can see it now in the museum.’
Titanian n. 1938 ‘T. Ayre’ Whispering Satellite in Astounding Stories Jan. 98/2 Sometimes he rather regretted the time two earth-years before when he had taught this particular product of Titan’s Whispering Forest to sing. [...] At least, he wasn’t lonely. Basso, the singing plant, was company for one thing, and so were its weird subintelligent, singing contemporaries in the Whispering Forest outside. Then there was Snakehips, a true Titanian, actually an upright mass of quivering, darting gristle—entirely invertebrate—pretty intelligent so far as he went.
Venusian n. 1 1938 ‘P. Cross’ Master of Golden City in Amazing Stories June ii. 52/1 Dalaker smiled coldly. ‘Basically, I am a Venusian.’ Blake started to say something, then he laughed shortly. ‘Oh, cut it out, Dalaker! A Venusian! Anybody knows Venus is a hellish hot planet and—’ ‘El Dorado, too, is in quite a warm spot,’ Salaker observed, unmoved. ‘But—but— You mean all these people are Venusians?’