Edward E. Smith

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blast off v. 1937 E. E. Smith Galactic Patrol in Astounding Stories Sept. 31/2 How long do you figure it'll be before it’s safe for us to blast off?
communicator n. 1934 E. E. Smith Skylark of Valeron in Astounding Stories Aug. 29/2 ‘Observation Officer of the Z12Q, attention!’ snapped from the tight-beam headquarters communicator. ‘Cut off those spy rays and report yourself under arrest for treason!’
communicator n. 1934 E. E. Smith Skylark of Valeron in Astounding Stories Aug. 17/1 The flying vessel had gone through the zone of feeble radiations which comprised the outer detector screen of the Fenachrone. But, though tenuous, that screen was highly efficient, and at its touch there burst into frenzied activity the communicator built by the captive to be actuated by that very impulse. It had been built during the long flight through space, and its builder had thought that its presence would be unnoticed and would remain unsuspected by the Terrestrials.
deep-space adj. 1937 E. E. Smith Galactic Patrol in Astounding Stories Dec. 73/1 Part of the time he spent in the speedster dashing hither and yon. Most of it, however, he spent in the vastly more comfortable mauler; to the armored side of which his tiny vessel clung with magnetic clamps while he slept and ate, gossiped and read, exercised and played with the mauler’s officers and crew, in deep-space comradery.
deep-space adj. 1937 E. E. Smith Galactic Patrol in Astounding Stories Sept. 21/2 The young commander, seated at his conning plate, clenched his fists and swore a startled deep-space oath as his eyes swept over the delicately accurate meters and gauges before him; for under the frightful impact of that instantaneously launched attack his outer screen was already down and his second was beginning to crack!
earthlike adj. 1928 E. E. Smith & L. H. Garby The Skylark of Space in Amazing Stories Sept. 550/1 We found air and Earth-like conditions here; we probably will elsewhere.
esper n. 1942 E. E. Smith Storm Cloud on Deka in Astonishing Stories Nov. 54/2 I'm neither a Lensman nor an esper, but I'd swear that somebody’s peeking over my shoulder half the time.
face plate n. 1930 E. E. Smith Skylark Three in Amazing Stories Aug. 405/2 Back in the control-room, Dunark and Sitar let their pressure decrease gradually to that of the terrestrial vessel and removed the face-plates from their helmets.
flitter n. 1941 E. E. Smith Vortex Blaster in Comet July 10/2 Then all three went out to the flitter. A tiny speedster, really; a torpedo bearing the stubby wings and the ludicrous tail-surfaces…characteristic of the tricky, cranky, but ultra-maneuverable breed.
force field n. 1931 E. E. Smith Spacehounds of IPC in Amazing Stories Sept. 544/2 He first called Mars, the home planet of Alcantro and Fedanzo, the foremost force-field experts of three planets; and was assured in no uncertain terms that those rulers of rays were ready and anxious to follow wherever Brandon and Westfall might lead.
home system n. 1930 E. E. Smith Skylark Three in Amazing Stories Oct. 623/2 It was soon learned that a few of the ships were exploring quite close to their home system.
inhuman adj. 1930 E. E. Smith Skylark Three in Amazing Stories Sept. 546/2 As the gigantic and inhuman brain was spread before them, DuQuesne and Loring read not only the language, customs, and culture of the Fenachrone, but all their plans for the future, as well as the events of the past.
lifeboat n. 1934 E. E. Smith Skylark of Valeron in Astounding Stories Sept. 39/2 The human beings were no longer aboard; the little lifeboat that was Skylark Two was no longer in her spherical berth.
light n. 1 1934 E. E. Smith Skylark of Valeron in Astounding Stories Sept. 36/1 We're not supposed to know anything about the five-light drive of the Fenachrone, you know.
light-week n. 1934 E. E. Smith Skylark of Valeron in Astounding Stories Aug. 24/1 They have warning long before anything can possibly happen. They can, and do, spot trouble over a light-week away, so their plans allow one week to perfect their defenses.
needler n. 1937 E. E. Smith Galactic Patrol in Astounding Stories Sept. 23/1 ‘Needlers, fire at will!’ barked Kinnison, and even that feeble resistance was ended. Keen-eyed needle-ray men, working at spy-ray visiplates, bored hole after hole into the captive, seeking out and destroying the control-panels of the remaining beams and screens.
neutronium n. 1930 E. E. Smith Skylark Three in Amazing Stories Sept. 564/1 We're going to project a fourth-order force out to grab us some dense material, a pretty close approach to pure neutronium.
neutronium n. 1930 E.E. Smith Skylark Three in Amazing Stories Sept. 564/1 ‘Neutronium? Pure mass?…I have been under the impression that it does not exist. Of what use can such a substance be to you?’ ‘Can’t get pure neutronium, of course…couldn’t use it if we could. What we need and are going to get is a material of about two and a half millionspecific gravity.’
neutronium n. 1930 E. E. Smith Skylark Three in Amazing Stories Oct. 615/1 Ten enormous supporting forces held the lens of neutronium immovable in the exact center of the upper end; at intervals down the shaft similar forces held variously-shaped lenses and prisms formed from zones of force; in the center of the bottom or floor of the towering structure was the double controlling system, with a universal visiplate facing each operator.
planetographer n. 1937 E. E. Smith Galactic Patrol in Astounding Stories Nov. 141/2 Perils of a planet unknown to and unexplored by Boskone’s planetographers.
planetography n. 1941 E. E. Smith Second Stage Lensmen in Astounding Science-Fiction Nov. 33/2 All the various Boards and Offices and Bureaus concerned with space, astronomy, astrogation and planetography.
pressor n. 1931 E. E. Smith Spacehounds of IPC in Amazing Stories Sept. 560/1 Onward and upward flashed the gigantic duplex cone, its entire whirling mass laced and latticed together—into one mammoth unit by green tractor beams and red pressors.
pressor beam n. 1931 E. E. Smith Spacehounds of IPC in Amazing Stories Sept. 544/2 We'll have them in three days, and it ought to be fairly simple to dope out the opposite of a tractor, too—a pusher or presser [sic] beam.
pressure-suit n. 1928 E. E. Smith Skylark of Space in Amazing Stories Sept. 539/2 Have you fur pressure-suits?
scanner n. 1935 E. E. Smith Skylark of Valeron in Astounding Stories Jan. 77/2 That cabinet became instantly a manifold scanner…. Simultaneously there appeared in the air above the machine a three-dimensional model of all the Galaxies there listed.
shield n. 1930 E. E. Smith Skylark Three in Amazing Stories Aug. 408/1 The inhabitants of planet three of sun six four seven three Pilarone show unusual development and may cause trouble, as they have already brought knowledge of the metal of power and of the impenetrable shield to the Central System, which is to be our base. Recommend volatilization of this planet by vessel sent on special mission.
Sol III n. 1937 E. E. Smith Galactic Patrol in Astounding Stories Nov. 130/2 Lensman of Trenco space port, or any other Lensman within call!… Kinnison of Tellus—Sol III—calling.
space cruiser n. 1928 E. E. Smith & L. H. Garby Skylark of Space in Amazing Stories Aug. 414/2 ‘She flies, dearest, like a ray of light for speed and like a bit of thistle-down for lightness. We’ve been around the moon!’… Both investors were moved more than they could have told by their achievement, by the complete success of the great space-cruiser upon which they had labored for months with all the power of their marvelous intellects.
spacehound n. 1931 E. E. Smith Spacehounds of IPC in Amazing Stories July 304 ‘I was horribly dizzy and nauseated at first, but it’s going away.’ ‘That’s good…. If you’re as well as that already, you'll be a regular spacehound in half an hour.’
space-suited adj. 1934 E. E. Smith Triplanetary in Amazing Stories Mar. 35/2 The space-suited mechanics leapt to their tasks; and in only a little more time than had been mentioned by the chief engineer the hull and giant frame of the supership were as staunch as of yore.
spaceworthiness n. 1934 E. E. Smith Skylark of Valeron in Astounding Stories Aug. 23/1 True, the focal area of the energy was an almost invisibly violet glare of incandescence, so intensely hot that the concentric shading off through blinding white, yellow, and bright-red heat brought the zone of dull red far down the side of the vessel; but that awful force had had practically no effect upon the spaceworthiness of the stanch little vessel.
spaceworthy adj. 1931 E. E. Smith Spacehounds of IPC in Amazing Stories Aug. 411/1 Day after day the brilliant sphere flew toward distant Saturn, with the wreckage of the Forlorn Hope in tow. Piece by piece that wreckage was brought together and held in place by the Titanian tractors; and slowly but steadily, under Stevens' terrific welding projector, the stubborn steel flowed together, once more to become a seamless, spaceworthy structure.
spy ray n. 1934 E. E. Smith Triplanetary in Amazing Stories Jan. 21/1 But even Roger had no inkling of the possibility of Costigan’s ‘Service Special’ phones, detectors and spy-ray—instruments of minute size and of infinitesimal power, but yet instruments which, working as they were, below the level of the ether, were effective at great distances and caused no vibrations in the ether by which their use could be detected.
sub-ether n. 1930 E. E. Smith Skylark Three Amazing Stories Sept. 562/2 Therefore, if there is anything between the particles of the ether—this matter is being debated hotly among us at the present time—it must be a sub-ether, if I may use that term.
tight-beam n. [1930 E. E. Smith Skylark Three in Amazing Stories Oct. 617/2 He’s putting it on a tight beam—that’s fine, we can chase it up.]
tractor n. 1931 E. E. Smith Spacehounds of IPC in Amazing Stories July 308/1 Soon they arrived at their objective and maintained a position well in the van, but not sufficiently far ahead of the rest to call forth a restraining ray from their captors. Already strongly affected by the gravitational pull of the mass of the satellite, many of the smaller portions of the wreck, not directly held by the tractors, began to separate from the main mass. As each bit left its place another beam leaped out, until it became apparent that no more were available, and Stevens strapped the girl and himself down before two lookout plates.
tractor n. 1931 E. E. Smith Spacehounds of IPC in Amazing Stories Aug. 411/1 Day after day the brilliant sphere flew toward distant Saturn, with the wreckage of the Forlorn Hope in tow. Piece by piece that wreckage was brought together and held in place by the Titanian tractors; and slowly but steadily, under Stevens’ terrific welding projector, the stubborn steel flowed together, once more to become a seamless, space-worthy structure.
tractor ray n. 1931 E. E. Smith Spacehounds of IPC in Amazing Stories Sept. 544/2 There is such a thing as a ray-screen, you kill-joy, and there are also lifting or tractor rays—two things I've been trying to dope out and that you've been giving me the Bronx cheer on.
visiphone n. 1934 E. E. Smith Triplanetary in Amazing Stories Jan. 13/2 Then, as she sat upon a bench, recovering her strength, he flipped on the lifeboat’s visiphone projector and shot its invisible beam up into the control room, where he saw space-armored figures furiously busy at the panels.
visiplate n. 1930 E. E. Smith Skylark Three in Amazing Stories Sept. 548/2 Finally, when the picture filled the entire visiplate, they arrived at the outermost edge of the galaxy.
visiplate n. 1930 E. E. Smith Skylark Three in Amazing Stories Oct. 615/1 Ten enormous supporting forces held the lens of neutronium immovable in the exact center of the upper end; at intervals down the shaft similar forces held variously-shaped lenses and prisms formed from zones of force; in the center of the bottom or floor of the towering structure was the double controlling system, with a universal visiplate facing each operator.
visiplate n. 1930 E. E. Smith Skylark Three in Amazing Stories Oct. 611/1 He knew that he was seated motionless in the operator’s chair in the base of the rigidly anchored primary projector, and by taking his eyes away from the visiplate before him, he could see that nothing in the laboratory had changed, except that the pyrotechnic display from the power-bar was of unusual intensity. Yet, looking into the visiplate, he was out in space in person, hurtling through space at a pace beside which the best effort of the Skylark seemed the veriest crawl.