pseudogravity n.

= artificial gravity n.

  • 1939 M. Jameson Question of Salvage in Astounding Science-Fiction Oct. 78/2 page image Malcolm Jameson bibliography

    An object nearby, something with real gravity, not the immaterial, cosmic ray generated pseudogravity that made up the etheric weather waves.

  • 1941 R. A. Heinlein Common Sense in Astounding Science-Fiction Oct. 108 page image Robert A. Heinlein bibliography

    Bobo trotted away in the long loping strides permitted by the low pseudogravity near the axis of rotation of the Ship.

  • 1947 M. Yamin Dreamers in Astounding Science Fiction Dec. 71/2

    The Station was a great cylinder, swinging on its swift orbit about the Earth, and spinning on its axis to provide psuedogravity [sic] outwards from the center.

  • 1954 G. O. Smith Spacemen Lost in Startling Stories Fall 32/1 George O. Smith

    ‘Below. I'll show you. I want to cut the paragrav generator by half, anyway.’ ‘Paragrav?’ ‘Pseudo-gravity,’ said Norton crisply. ‘You’ve noticed there’s still an up and down? That’s it. But the damned thing radiates heat like mad, along with producing its gravitic field.’

  • 1960 P. Anderson Eve Times Four in Fantastic Science Fiction Stories Apr. 78/1 page image Poul Anderson bibliography

    Steadiness came again. Pseudogravity made a floor.

  • 1973 A. C. Clarke Rendezvous with Rama (1974) 51 Arthur C. Clarke

    He released his grip, and let Rama’s still feeble pseudo-gravity take over.

  • 1980 D. Brin Sundiver 80 David Brin

    Apparently the dome enclosed a pseudo-gravity field so tight that it could be wrapped around a mere few yards.

  • 1993 K. S. Robinson Red Mars ii. 31 Kim Stanley Robinson bibliography

    The colonists sank to the floors, and stood in a pseudogravity of .38 g, very close to what they would feel on Mars.

  • 2008 N. Stephenson Anathem 674 page image Neal Stephenson bibliography

    We assumed that, inside of the icosahedron, some part of it rotated to create pseudo-gravity.

Research requirements

antedating 1939

Earliest cite

Malcolm Jameson, A Question of Salvage

Research History
Rick Hauptmann submitted a cite from a 1964 reprint of Robert A. Heinlein's "Common Sense"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1941 first publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1980 cite from David Brin's "Sundiver".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1965 reprint of Poul Anderson's "Eve Times Four"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1960 original.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1954 cite from George O. Smith's "Spacemen Lost".
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1939 cite from Malcolm Jameson, in Astounding.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2008 cite from Neal Stephenson.

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