Clifford D. Simak

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alternate future n. 1950 C. D. Simak Time Quarry in Galaxy Science Fiction Nov. 146/1 That meant that Asher Sutton could not, would not be allowed to die before the book was written. However it were written, the book must be written or the future was a lie. Sutton shrugged. The tangled thread of logic was too much for him. There was no precept, no precedent upon which one might develop the pattern of cause and result. Alternate futures? Maybe, but it didn’t seem likely. Alternate futures were a fantasy that employed semantics-twisting to prove a point, a clever use of words that covered up and masked the fallacies.
asteroid belt n. 1932 C. D. Simak Asteroid of Gold in Wonder Stories Nov. 515/1 The two tiny slabs of rock, revolving about each other, made up a part of the asteroid belt, all that remained of a mythical planet between Mars and Jupiter (which must have disrupted into the thousands of tiny fragments many millions of years before).
atomics n. 1 1944 C. D. Simak Huddling Place in Astounding Science-Fiction July 137/1 Webster smiled at the fireplace with its blazing wood…. Useless because atomic heating was better—but more pleasant. One couldn’t sit and watch atomics and dream and build castles in the flames.
atomics n. 2 1943 C. D. Simak Hunch in Astounding Science-Fiction July 32/2 My men are rounding up the Asteroid jewels. Got bushels of them so far. Putting them under locks you'd have to use atomics to get open.
Earthian n. 1 1943 C. D. Simak Hunch in Astounding Science-Fiction July 19/1 It was a roundabout way, a long way, an awkward way to read the language of Mars, Monk reflected. Martian to Jovian to Earthian. But it was better than no way at all.
Earthian n. 2 1943 C. D. Simak Hunch in Astounding Science-Fiction July 19/1 It was a roundabout way, a long way, an awkward way to read the language of Mars, Monk reflected. Martian to Jovian to Earthian. But it was better than no way at all.
earthlike adj. 1981 C. D. Simak Project Pope (1982) 22 So far as the planet is concerned, I know nothing except that it is Earthlike. No trouble for humans to live there.
Earth-type adj. 2 1956 C. D. Simak in Galaxy Oct. 106/1 It’s Earth-type, oxygen, and the climate’s fine so far.
everywhen adv. 1965 C. D. Simak All Flesh is Grass (1979) 148 So they went everywhere for fun, I thought. And everywhen, perhaps. They were temporal ghouls, feeding on the past.
first contact n. 1965 C. D. Simak All Flesh is Grass (1979) 190 And I knew that it was hopeless, that here was a problem which could not be solved, that the human race would bungle its first contact with an alien people. There would be talk and argument, discussion, consultation—but all on the human level, all from the human viewpoint, without a chance that anyone would even try to take into account the alien point of view.
floater n. 1967 C. D. Simak Werewolf Principle (1968) 44 Carefully Blake guided the chair-like floater to the ground at one end of the barrier, close to the clump of birch, snapped off the gravity field as it came to rest. For a moment he sat in the chair unmoving… Finally he got out of the floater and from its back unstrapped the hamper of lunch to get at his fishing tackle. He set the hamper to one side on the grassy bank from which the clump of birches grew.
hive mind n. 1960 C. D. Simak in Fantasy & Science Fiction June 107/1 I'm convinced that these aliens must necessarily operate on the hive-mind principle. We face not one of them alone nor the total number of them but we face the sum total of them as a single unit, as a single mind and a single expression of purpose and performance.
home star n. 1939 C. D. Simak Cosmic Engineers in Astounding Science-Fiction Apr. 142/2 Swinging in a great, erratic orbit on the very edge of this nebulalike mass of raw planetary matter was a planet, a planet which they recognized. One of the planets of their old home star, fourth out from the Sun. It had been stolen from their Sun, now was swinging in an orbit of its own.
Jovian n. 2 1943 C. D. Simak Hunch in Astounding Science-Fiction July 19/1 It was a roundabout way, a long way, an awkward way to read the language of Mars, Monk reflected. Martian to Jovian to Earthian. But it was better than no way at all.
Martian n. 2 1943 C. D. Simak Hunch in Astounding Science-Fiction July 19/1 It was a roundabout way, a long way, an awkward way to read the language of Mars, Monk reflected. Martian to Jovian to Earthian. But it was better than no way at all.
Martian adj. 1956 C. D. Simak Time & Again ix. 42 Earth news…was followed by Martian news.
planetfall n. 1956 C. D. Simak in Galaxy Magazine Oct. 106/1 ‘Get sobered up,’ I ordered curtly. ‘We made planetfall. We’ve got work to do.’
probability world n. 1950 C. D. Simak Time Quarry in Galaxy Science Fiction Dec. 118/2 You and I may be no more than puppets in some probability world that will pinch out tomorrow.
robotic n. 1950 C. D. Simak Time Quarry in Galaxy Science Fiction Oct. 18/1 Across the board stood a beautifully machined robotic. The man reached out a hand, thoughtfully played his knight. The robotic clicked and chuckled. It moved a pawn.
spacehand n. 1977 C. D. Simak Madness from Mars in Best Science-Fiction Stories 126 Aboard it were five brave men—Thomas Delvaney, the expedition’s leader; Jerry Cooper, the red-thatched navigator; Andy Smith, the world’s ace cameraman, and two space-hands, Jimmy Watson and Elmer Paine, grim old veterans of the Earth-Moon run
spaceway n. 1956 C. D. Simak So Bright the Vision Fantastic Universe Aug. 21/1 We got to keep them drooling over what is going to happen next to sloe-eyed Annie, queen of the far-flung space[-]ways.
time-path n. 1939 C. D. Simak Cosmic Engineers in Astounding Science-Fiction Apr. 125/1 You came trundling down a crazy time-path to seek me out. So that I could tell you the things you need to know.
timestream n. 1931 C. D. Simak World of the Red Sun in Wonder Stories Dec. 879/1 You're traveling in time, my lad… You aren’t in space any more. You are in a time stream.
time travel n. 1931 C. D. Simak World of the Red Sun in Wonder Stories Dec. 879/2 They had thought of only one thing, time travel.
time-travelling n. 1973 C. D. Simak Our Children's Children in Worlds of If June 63/1 The President has accepted at face value this story of time traveling and…it seems to me there should be some further study of the matter before we commit ourselves.
Venusian adj. 1956 C. D. Simak Time & Again ix. 42 Earth news…was followed by Martian news, by Venusian news, by the column from the asteroids.