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airlock n. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver iv.xii. 128 Now LaRoque was putting on a spacesuit in a tool closet twenty meters from an outer airlock.
airlock n. 1984 D. Brin Practice Effect i. iv. 13 Anything shoved through the airlock would arrive on the anomaly world.
alien n. 1984 D. Brin Practice Effect i.iii.11 They stared at each other—Earthman and alien.
alternate reality n. 1984 D. Brin Practice Effect i. i. 1 By using zievatronics alternate realities appear to be almost within our reach, presenting possibilities for bypassing both space and time.
antigravity n. 1984 D. Brin Practice Effect ii.vi.36 The idea of antigravity excited Dennis.
antigravity adj. 1987 D. Brin Uplift War 251 The Suzerain of Propriety tried to make allowance for such difference as the clucking swarm of fuzzy, rotund clients carried the antigravity perch from the site where the body had lain.
antimatter n. 1987 D. Brin Uplift War 291 At the edge of the forest Athaclena saw their special weapons team begin setting up their only antimatter projectors.
ant-man n. 1984 D. Brin Practice Effect iii. iii. 47 To be slain on sight by mammal-hating antmen, for instance, would have merely been unavoidable bad luck.
astroengineering n. 1986 G. Benford & D. Brin Heart of Comet (1987) i. 70 He had applied to Berkeley for graduate school in astroengineering.
bot n. 1983 D. Brin Startide Rising 190 ‘I'll bet this will please Dr. Dart… Of course, the sensors might not be types he'd want. But the 'bot is still operational.’ Gillian examined the small robot-link screen.
bot n. 1984 D. Brin Practice Effect ii.i.23 Compared with some of the sophisticated machines Dennis had worked with, the exploration 'bot wasn’t very bright.
bot n. 1998 D. Brin Heaven's Reach 303 A formation of cop-bots swept eastwards at top speed, rushing around the next corner toward some noisy emergency.
commlink n. 1983 D. Brin Startide Rising 403 Gillian reached for the comm link, but the carrier wave cut off before she could say another word.
communicator n. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver iv.xii. 131 By the elevators Kepler spoke briefly into a wall communicator.
cyborg n. 1986 D. Brin River of Time (1987) 247 Despite genetic and cyborg improvements to the human animal, machines still seemed fated to surpass biological men.
deep space n. 1987 D. Brin Uplift War 592 Let them engage in uplift of their new clients from deepspace!
deep-space adj. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver i. ii. 17 Here was old Uncle Jeremey gabbing on and on about all that old nonsense, and Alice—lucky Alice whose turn it was to risk the oldsters' ire and listen in on the tap they'd placed on the house deepspace receiver—what was it she had heard!
dirtside adv. 1986 D. Brin & G. Benford Heart of Comet 90 Probably too late for me, though. I'll have to go live on Earth to have my babies, and no male spacer will give up the Black to stay dirtside with me.
Dyson sphere n. 1998 D. Brin Heaven's Reach 111 The simple Dyson sphere concept missed an essential geometric requirement of a stellar enclosure.
dystopia n. 1 1980 D. Brin Sundiver x.xxxi. 337 Some sort of dystopia, wasn’t it? [about Huxley’s Brave New World]
earther n. 1995 D. Brin Brightness Reef (1996) 10 Nowadays, Dad says I should read the new hoon writers, those trying to go past imitating old-time Earthers, coming up with literature by and for our own kind.
earthling n. 1984 D. Brin Practice Effect vi. i. 99 Earthlings had had to struggle and experiment for thousands of years to reach a level of comfort these people achieved almost without thinking.
earthman n. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver i.i. 12 Fagin was also the one extraterrestrial who tried hardest to understand Earthmen.
earthship n. 1996 D. Brin Infinity's Shore (1997) 433 Until the Earthship Vesarius fell through an undetected hyperanomaly, ending humanity’s long isolation.
ET n. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver i.i. 9 He couldn’t resist an opportunity to talk with an E.T., anywhere, anytime.
ET n. 1984 D. Brin Practice Effect ii. viii. 39 Blowing on it, he muttered as his temper slowly wound down. ‘Stupid, practical joking E.T.s…damned fickle aliens…’
extraterrestrial adj. 1984 D. Brin Practice Effect i.iii. 13 You may thank our extraterrestrial friend here for making up my mind for me.
first contact n. 1992 D. Brin Bonding to Genji in Otherness (1994) 225 Yamato arrived after the Spacers—upstarts from Earth’s asteroid colonies—had already visited the twin worlds of Genji and Chujo, taken samples of alien life, and usurped the privilege of first contact that should have been Japan’s.
gravitic adj. 1998 D. Brin Heaven's Reach 72 But right now they are using a supplementary gravitic engine to hasten progress, fleeing unexpected chaos in this stellar system.
gravity well n. 1998 D. Brin Heaven's Reach 257 Soon we verified they were orbiting artifacts, jostling deep inside the sheer gravity well.
grok v. 1998 D. Brin Heaven's Reach 410 Can you sniff/sense/feel/grok the very thing you covet…and secretly fear?
grok v. 1995 D. Brin Brightness Reef (1996) 68 Noors can’t speak Galactic Two or any other language anyone’s ever grokked, but they can memorize and repeat any short mirror-flash they happen to pick up with their sharp eyes.
homeworld n. 1984 D. Brin Practice Effect xii.iv.275 Yet they could not help without risking a spread of the infection to the home world.
humanoid adj. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver i.iii. 30 It was humanoid, standing at least two meters tall.
hyperspace n. 1987 D. Brin Uplift War 274 So the battle fleet had arrayed itself. Ships kept watch over the five local layers of hyperspace, over nearby transfer points, over the cometary time-drop nexi.
insectoid n. 1996 D. Brin Infinity's Shore (1997) 242 One by one, the insectoids drifted upslope to the makeshift cavity where Dwer and Rety exposed their faces for air.
in-system adj. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver 238 Besides, more than half of the crewmen on in-system ships are male, and seven out of ten on military craft.
in-system adv. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver 96 You may recall we got back in system a couple of years ago.
jump n. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver v.xiv. 146 Maybe people were more naturally intimate when they left Earth for the long Jump on Calypso.
laser rifle n. 1983 D. Brin Startide Rising xlii. 221 K'tha-Jon’s laser rifle could kill at long range, while the welder/torch on Akki’s harness was, like all sidearm-tools, of use only up close.
megayear n. 1995 D. Brin Brightness Reef (1996) 172 Now let’s see if encephalization has changed during the last megayear.
needle gun n. 1984 D. Brin Practice Effect i. v. 21 He strapped on his tool belt, with the needlegun holstered to one side.
needler n. 1983 D. Brin Startide Rising 386 He checked his weapon. The needler only had a few shots left.
neural adj. 1986 G. Benford & D. Brin Heart of Comet (1987) i. 10 Tapped into channels through a direct neural link and wrist servos, she scarcely moved.
plasteel n. 1983 D. Brin Startide Rising 39 All of his dreams since the age of nine had dealt with ships. Ships, at first, of plasteel and jubber, sailing the straits and archipelagos of Calafia, and later ships of space.
plasteel n. 1985 D. Brin Warm Space in D. Brin Otherness (1994) 270 The machine/scientist swivelled at the hips and rolled up the gangplank. Steamlike vapour puffed from vents on the official’s plasteel carapace.
pseudogravity n. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver 80 Apparently the dome enclosed a pseudo-gravity field so tight that it could be wrapped around a mere few yards.
psi n. 1984 D. Brin Practice Effect viii.ii. 168 The Practice Effect was at least partly a psi power exercised by humans on this world.
sapient adj. 1983 D. Brin Startide Rising 104 The chimp scientist grimaced. His lips curled back to display an array of large, yellowed, buck teeth. At the moment, in spite of the enlarged globe of his cranium, his outthrust jaw, and his opposable thumbs, he looked more like an angry ape than a sapient scientist.
Singularity n. 1991 D. Brin What continues…& What Fails… in D. Brin Otherness (1994) 331 Not even the singularity was pure enough to typify true blackness.
Sol n. 1983 D. Brin Startide Rising 81 The great cylinder was only twenty meters across. The vista wasn’t as impressive as the view from the hub of one of the space cities of Sol’s asteroid belts.
Solarian n. 1 1980 D. Brin Sundiver 49 ‘There has been another dive since our meeting, Jacob, and on that dive, we are told, only the first and more prosaic species of Solarian was observed. Not the second variety which has caused Dr. Kepler so much concern.’ Jacob was still confused by the hurried explanations Kepler had given of the two types of Sun-creatures so far observed.
Solarian adj. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver 288 The huge Solarian beasts were coming up fast from below the Sunship on a collision course.
solar sail n. 1998 D. Brin Heaven’s Reach 72 The image you see is caused by a tremendous reflector-and-energy-collector…a solar sail.
sophont n. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver ii. iv. 46 Homo sapiens—just as every other known race of sophonts—was part of a chain of genetic and cultural uplifting that stretched back to the fabled early days of the galaxy.
space drive n. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver v.xiv. 157 The wolfling race may develop a crude spacedrive from the dregs of its patron’s technology.
space flight n. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver vii.xxi. 238 More males volunteer for spaceflight than females.
space helmet n. 1984 D. Brin Practice Effect iv.vi. 74 The beanie cap had become a space helmet and the whirling blades lifted him into the air.
spaceport n. 1987 D. Brin Uplift War 588 Robert blamed the symptoms on the fringing fields of a lifting starship, whose keening engines could be heard all the way from the spaceport.
spacer n. 1 1986 D. Brin & G. Benford Heart of Comet 90 Probably too late for me, though. I'll have to go live on Earth to have my babies, and no male spacer will give up the Black to stay dirtside with me.
space suit n. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver iv. xii. 128 Now LaRoque was putting on a spacesuit in a tool closet twenty meters from an outer airlock.
starfarer n. 1987 D. Brin Uplift War 271 Throughout the Five Galaxies the Thennanin were known as tough fighters and doughty starfarers.
star lane n. 1987 D. Brin Uplift War 590 The dolphins seem to have miraculously escaped a trap set for them by a dozen of the most fanatic patron lines—an astonishing feat by itself—and now the Streaker seems to be loose on the starlanes.
starship n. 1987 D. Brin Uplift War 306 Sam Tenance was a starship pilot who stopped at Garth every five years or so, one of Megan’s three spacer husbands.
stasis field n. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver (1989) 117 The ship is a flat deck inside an almost perfectly reflecting shell. The Gravity Engines, Stasis Field Generators and the Refrigerator Laser are all in the smaller sphere that sits in the middle of the deck.
stunner n. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver iv.xii. 127 There was a flash and a shooting pain in Jacob’s shoulder. Something in his mind spoke as he dove to avoid another stunner bolt.
teleportation n. 1984 D. Brin Practice Effect ii.i.22 Had the ziev effect played another trick on them all and given them teleportation rather than an interstellar drive?
terraform v. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver v.xiv. 154 Their latest crackpot scheme is a joint project with the VietAms and Israel-APU to try to terraform Venus.
terraformed adj. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver vii.xxi. 239 We are challenged by some two-bit species…who now own two little terraformed planets that sit right astride our only route to the colony on Omnivarium?
terraformer n. 1998 D. Brin Heaven's Reach 188 Even if all the technicians and Terraformers left, where would that leave the natives?
terraforming n. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver iv.x. 107 Have only allowed the Pring to colonize class A worlds, devoid of life and requiring terraforming, but free of use restrictions by the Institutes of Tradition and Migration.
three vee n. 1984 D. Brin Practice Effect iv. vi. 72 It was a late-night talk show on the three-vee.
tight-beam v. 1986 G. Benford & D. Brin Heart of Comet (1987) i. 39 Maybe somebody'll tightbeam stuff back before we return.
torchship n. 1986 G. Benford & D. Brin Heart of Comet 20 When they arrived the first task awaiting the torch ship’s crew was to recover the huge cylinders containing the deep-sleeping majority of the mission crew. There were disadvantages to each style of travel—torch ship or slot tug.
tractor beam n. 1996 D. Brin Infinity’s Shore (1997) 477 Worst of all, he pictured a ‘tractor beam,’ seizing and dragging him down to torment in some Jophur-designed hell.
uplift n. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver 11 And from now on the work here at the Center for Uplift would be evenmore routine.
uplift v. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver 22 A young man on the left, wrapped in silver sateen from the throat to toe, held up a placard that said, ‘Mankind Was Uplifted Too: let our E.T. Cousins Out!’
uplifting n. 1980 D. Brin Sundiver (1989) 46 The other side held that homo sapiens—just as every other known race of sophonts—was part of a chain of genetic and cultural uplifting that stretched back to the fabled early days of the galaxy, the time of the Progenitors.
vibroknife n. 1986 D. Brin & G. Benford Heart of Comet 288 Her mouth went dry as she saw the slim-bladed vibro-knife lying next to the corpse.
warp drive n. 1994 D. Brin Those Eyes in Otherness 205 Suppose we do have remnants of some super-duper, alien warp-drive scout ship from Algerdeberon Eleventeen.
wetware n. 2012 D. Brin Existence vi. 413 Amateurs…equipped with every kind of immersion hardware, software, and wetware money could buy.
worldlet n. 1985 D. Brin Warm Space in D. Brin Otherness (1994) 266 Asteroid-sized arks—artificial worldlets capable of carrying entire ecospheres—remained a dream out of science fiction, economically beyond reach.
xeno- prefix 1980 D. Brin Sundiver i. ii. 22 The former group took their love of aliens to almost a pseudo-religious frenzy. Hysterical Xenophilia?
xenology n. 1998 D. Brin Heaven’s Reach 160 Lark abruptly recalled something he had read once, in a rare galacto-xenology text, about a type of hydro-life called Zang.