tractor ray n.
I don’t see how they do it. They must have a tractor ray.
Spacehounds of IPC in Amazing Stories July 306/1
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.
Spacehounds of IPC in Amazing Stories Sept. 544/2
Then he took the planet up in a tractor ray, and swung it around and around, as he now so vividly recalled doing in his childhood.
Into Darkness in Astonishing Stories June 63/1
Perhaps its path cannot be changed, and it is headed for this city. If so, I can use Bill Johnson’s landing drome, send out a tractor ray and bring it in.
Answer Out Of Space in Science Fiction July 101/1
The thing in the water stirred, and they could see the rocks move. ‘Tractor rays,’ the professor said in a husky voice. ‘Theoretically impossible.’
Edge of Sea in Venture Science Fiction Mar. 22/1
First came the retinue of sycophants and guards. Cloaked in tight plastic of weblon to nullify pressor and tractor rays, they stationed themselves to one side of my cage.
Brood World Barbarian in Worlds of If Sept. 6/1
The quality of the light around me changed. It somehow jelled into a shape-form. Until I felt it restrain my arms, I didn’t realize it was a tractor ray. And then it was too late to protest.
Go Tell Spartans in Millennium 3001 150
Doc Smith, in Amazing Stories
Research HistoryMike Christie submitted a cite from a 1979 reprint of Ross Rocklynne's "Into the Darkness"; Jesse Sheidlower verified it in the first printing in Astonishing Stories, June, 1940.
Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1976 reprint of Algis Budrys's 1958 "The Edge of the Sea"; Mike Christie verified it in the original publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1943 cite from Graph Waldeyer's "The Answer Out of Space".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1942 cite from Ross Rocklynne's "Abyss of Darkness".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from the Gutenberg etext edition of E.E. Smith's "Triplanetary"; which first appeared in Amazing Stories, Feb. 1934.
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1931 cite from Doc Smith in Amazing Stories.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2006 cite from Sarah Hoyt.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1942 cite from C. M. Kornbluth's "The Perfect Invasion", in Stirring Science Stories.
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