H. Beam Piper

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collapsium n. 1958 H. B. Piper Graveyard of Dreams in Galaxy Science Fiction Feb. 132/1 Gehenna of a big crop. Price'll drop like a brick of collapsium, and this time next year we'll be using brandy to wash our feet in.!
contragravity n. 1953 H. B. Piper Ullr Uprising in Space Science Fiction Feb. 6/1 The big armor-tender vibrated, gently and not unpleasantly, as the contragravity field alternated on and off. Ibid. People came to Niflheim, and worked the mines and uranium refineries and chemical plants, but they did so inside power-driven and contragravity-lifted armor, and they lived on artificial satellites two thousand miles off-planet.
contragravity n. 1958 H. Beam Piper Ministry of Disturbance in Astounding Science Fiction 30/2 The other office also returned, bringing a portable viewscreen with him on a contragravity-lifter.
credit n. 1962 H. B. Piper in Analog Science Fiction/Fact Dec. 122/2 Our currency is based on services to society. Our monetary unit is simply called a credit.
needle v. 1948 H. B. Piper Police Operation in Astounding Science Fiction July 18/1 And when I back-slip, after I've been needled, I generate a new time-line? Is that it?
needler n. 1948 H. B. Piper Police Operation in Astounding Science Fiction July 14/1 A couple of policemen in green uniforms, with ultrasonic paralyzers dangling by thongs from their left wrists and holstered sigma-ray needlers like the one on the desk inside the dome, were kidding with some girls in vivid orange and scarlet and green smocks.
needler n. 1948 H. B. Piper Police Operation in Astounding Science Fiction July 17/2 This chance acquaintance develops into a love affair, and a year later, out of jealousy, she rays you half a dozen times with a needler.
needler n. 1965 H. B. Piper Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen 13 He picked up a sigma-ray needler from the desk in front of him and holstered it.
off-planet adj. 1963 H. B. Piper Space Viking 38 The Enterprise carries four pinnaces, the same as the Nemesis; in his place, I’d have at least two of them on off-planet patrol. So let’s accept it that we’ll be detected as soon as we come out of the last jump, and come out with the moon directly between us and the planet.
planet-buster n. 1962 H. B. Piper in Analog Science Fact–Science Fiction Nov. 38/2, I don’t see anything to shoot. Five hundred miles; one planetbuster, or four or five thermonuclears.
planetside adj. 1963 H. B. Piper Space Viking 35 And his having the blazonry changed, from the sword-and-atom symbol to the blue crescent. And the ill-feeling on the part of other captains and planet-side employers about the men he'd lured away from them.
precog v. 1948 H. Beam Piper Police Operation in Astounding Science Fiction July 17/2 We exist perpetually at all moments within our life-span; our extraphysical ego component passes from the ego existing at one moment to the ego existing at the next. During unconsciousness, the EPC is 'time-free'; it may detach, and connect at some other moment, with the ego existing at that time-point. That’s how we precog. We take an autohypno and recover memories brought back from the future moment and buried in the subconscious mind.
roboticist n. 1958 H. B. Piper Ministry of Disturbance in Astounding Science Fiction Dec. 12/2 Those alterations were made by roboticists from the Ministry of Security; they were installing an adaptation of a device used in the criminalistics-labs, to insure more uniform measurements.
rocketport n. 1957 H. B. Piper Edge of the Knife in Amazing Stories (vol. 31, no. 5) May 47/1 The Thirty Days’ War would be the immediate result. By that time, the Lunar Base would be completed and ready; the enemy missiles would be aimed primarily at the rocketports from which it was supplied.
sapience n. 1962 H. B. Piper Little Fuzzy 44 I think he wants to trick some of our people into supporting his sapience claims.
sapient adj. 1962 H. B. Piper Naudsonce in Analog Science Fact-Science Fiction Jan. 9/1 It was inhabited by a sapient humanoid race, and some of them were civilized enough to put it in Class V, and Colonial Office doctrine on Class V planets was rigid.
Sol n. 1952 H. B. Piper Uller Uprising (1983) xi It is the second planet of the star Beta Hydri, right angle 0:23, declension -77:32, G-0 (solar) type star, of approximately the same size as Sol; distance from Earth, 21 light years.
space yacht n. 1950 H. B. Piper Last Enemy in Astounding Science Fiction Aug. 56/2 Brarnend of Zorda has a private space yacht; he'll get us to Venus.
system-wide adj. 1950 H. Beam Piper Last Enemy in Astounding Science Fiction Aug. 12/1 They have a single System-wide government, a single race, and a universal language.
timeline n. 1948 H. B. Piper in Astounding Science-Fiction July 20/2 It’s entirely illegal to transpose any extraterrestrial animal or object to any time-line on which space travel is unknown.
timeline n. 1965 H. B. Piper in Analog Science Fiction/Fact Nov. 15/2 Well, that’s why you’re getting those five control-study time-lines.
viewscreen n. 1963 H. B. Piper Cosmic Computer (1964) 113 Port Carpenter; we’re in the main administration building… Have you an extra viewscreen, fitted for recording?
visiphone n. 1950 H. B. Piper Last Enemy in Astounding Science Fiction Aug. 84 He left the room to make the necessary visiphone call.
visiscreen n. 1983 H. B. Piper Uller Uprising 74 ‘Stick around, sergeant… I'll want you to take over when I'm through.’ He sat down in front of the combination visiscreen and pickup.