Barry N. Malzberg

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Barry N. Malzberg

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Aldebaranian n. 1 1981 B. N. Malzberg & B. Pronzini In Our Image in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Feb. 79/1 What might the Aldebaranians do if they knew our language while we did not know theirs? — some had asked at first. Take hostile action, perhaps, despite their avowed mission of peace?
Aldebaranian adj. 1981 B. N. Malzberg & B. Pronzini In Our Image in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Feb. 79/1 The language problem had also been worked out many years ago. There had been a century of time and a series of gradually more sophisticated dialectical convertors with which to teach the aliens basic English. The patterns of Aldebaranian communication were difficult to learn, and there had been many other priorities at the beginning of the millennium.
gafiate n. 1982 B. N. Malzberg I Don’t Want Her You Can Have Her— in Breakfast in the Ruins (2007) 88 [T]hey will be back. You can count on it. Unless, of course, they are not. Permanent gafiates appear to be the rule in only one class, those who in early adolescence, for a brief period of time, read great quantities of science fiction in a brief lacuna between childhood and the onset of a purposeful sex drive.
post-apocalypse adj. 1970 B. N. Malzberg Books in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction May 29/2 Richard Wilson’s ‘Mother to the World’ is another post-apocalypse Adam-and-Eve story in which Adam is a gifted and intelligent man and Eve and attractive, wistful, devoted moron with an IQ of 60 or so.
post-apocalyptic adj. 1986 B. N. Malzberg in P. Anthony et al. Uncollected Stars Introd. 6 Another theory is that the theme of this story is black even by the stands [sic] of this pair of writers and by the standards of this postapocalyptic period in Astounding.
post-apocalyptic adj. 1970 B. N. Malzberg Book Review in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction May 26/1 It deals once again with post-apocalyptic America, populated at both coasts by technocrats and terrified politicians who live in enclaves, totally in fear of the vigilantes, mostly on motorcycles…who are tearing up the midwest.
Saturnian adj. 1977 B. N. Malzberg Several Murders of Roger Ackroyd in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine Winter 79 I remind you, however, that a man of your obvious intelligence and scholarship might do well in some of the other branches offering current vacancies. For instance and for example we have at this time an opening for a science-fictionist specializing in Venerian counterplot and Saturnian struggle.
Titanian adj. 2015 B. N. Malzberg & B. Pronzini Transfer Point in Analog Science Fiction & Fact Apr. 50/2 Every day it was our responsibility to carefully screen and either pass through or reject travelers from all comers of the known Universe. Creatures such as green-speckled and lavender-hued Altairians, striped Melnusian miners, porcine Poldrogs, falcon-worshipping Rigelians, Archiporteyx spiritbearers, Titanian slitherers, Aldebarian musicians with their long trilling snouts, and of course the variegate new breeds from planets only recently swept by Federation troops and pronounced benign by Federation exobiologists.
tri-dim n. 1980 B. Pronzini & B. N. Malzberg Prose Bowl i. 3 I hit the carriage return key, saw that I had come to the bottom of the page, and snap-rolled it out of the typewriter. All around me the screaming of the Sackett Boosters and the rest of the seventy thousand fans seemed to ripple and flow like surf, to echo in rebounding waves off the great plastoid dome overhead. But it didn’t bother me, didn’t affect my concentration. And neither did being on national TriDim in front of a New-Sport audience estimated to be fifty million or so for the Prose Bowl East Coast semifinals. There was too much at stake for me to care how many people watched Rex Sackett, The Metaphor Kid, go head-to-head against the Kansas City Flash.
viewplate n. 1976 B. N. Malzberg Best of Barry N. Malzberg 8 All that the intent crew and the Captain were able to see through the viewplate was a thin glaze in which a deformed parody of a human shape could be seen struggling against a nebulous background.