Alfred Coppel

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deflector n. 1949 A. Coppel Runaway in Planet Stories Spring 33/2 In those days no one had ever heard of deflectors, and a free passage through the Belt was a one in a thousand chance. Yet, being young and a bit cocky, I was willing to attribute it to my own spacemanship.
Earthside adv. 1948 A. Coppel Jinx Ship to Rescue in Planet Stories Winter 28/1 Cob was the Aphrodite’s Executive, and he had been with her a full year…which was a record for Execs on the Aphrodite. She generally sent them Earthside with nervous breakdowns in half that time.
Earthside adv. 1949 A. Coppel Captain Midas in Planet Stories Fall 62/1 You are thinking that I'm just an old man, beached earthside, spinning tall tales to impress the youngsters.
energy rifle n. 1950 A. Coppel Last Two Alive! in Planet Stories Nov. 88/2 He…hoisted himself up, crouching in the open lock with the dead Green’s energy rifle, ready to pick off the first Green to come through the door.
moon base n. 1951 A. Coppel Task to Luna in Planet Stories Jan. 56/2 If there were no trouble from the Russki, he would return to his own ship and begin setting up the first cell of what would soon be the Anglo-American Moon Base. As soon as he signalled a safe landing, other rockets would come to add their cells, and presently there would be an atomic rocket pointed dead at the heart of every Russian population center.
null-grav n. 1950 A. Coppel Star Tamer in Super Science Stories Nov. 49/1 Water landings were, after all, SOP in emergencies before the Nullgrav made space-piloting such a lead-pipe cinch for the yokelry.
off-world adj. 1950 A. Coppel Rebel of Valkyr in Planet Stories Fall 8/1 Landor ignored the thrust. ‘Where do you go now, Valkyr?’ ‘Off-world.’ ‘Of course,’ Landor smiled thinly, his eyebrows arching over pale, shrewd eyes. ‘Off-world.’
offworld adv. 1950 A. Coppel Rebel of Valkyr in Planet Stories Fall 8/1 Landor ignored the thrust. ‘Where do you go now, Valkyr?’ ‘Off-world.’ ‘Of course,’ Landor smiled thinly, his eyebrows arching over pale, shrewd eyes. ‘Off-world.’
outworld adj. 1950 A. Coppel in Planet Stories Fall 8/2 It was in the next chamber that the out-world warrior paused.
outworld adj. 1950 A. Coppel in Planet Stories Fall 8/2 Men who had stood with a planet for a throne and watched their Empire passing in ordered glory from horizon to horizon across the night sky of Earth—men worshipped as gods on out-world planets, who watched and guided the tide of Empire until it crashed thundering on the shores of ten thousand worlds beyond Vega and Altair.
space-armored adj. 1949 A. Coppel Starbusters in Planet Stories Summer 69/1 The blaze of light outlined the two men and the ship and the planetoids within a fifty mile circle and the expanding shock wave fanned out. It struck the two space armored men to send them spinning wildly.
spacing n. 1 1949 A. Coppel Runaway in Planet Stories Spring 33/1 He was a laconic old soul who loved spacing only a jot better than he loved Martian alky.
suit up v. 1949 A. Coppel Starbusters in Planet Stories Summer 68/2 Strike and Cob Whitley suited up and armed themselves with spring-guns.
terrene adj. 1949 A. Coppel Captain Midas in Planet Stories Fall 65/2 I searched my mind for an explanation. Contra-terrene matter, perhaps, from some distant island universe where matter reacted differently…drawing energy from somewhere, the energy it needed to find stability in its new environment. Stability as a terrene element—wonderfully, miraculously gold!