Also in combinations, as deflector beam, deflector screen, deflector shield.
They were talking about reaction-motors, meteorite deflectors, three-dimensional sextants, and such things with a fondness that only the two of them felt.
On Board the Martian Liner in Amazing Stories Mar. 1086/1
The magnetic deflectors of the fort would have been loaded to the uttermost.
Conquest of the Planets in Amazing Stories Mar. 68/2
The blasters are those beams of ravening destruction which take care of recalcitrant meteorites in a spaceship’s course when the deflectors can’t handle them. They are not designed as weapons, but they can serve as pretty good ones.
First Contact in Astounding Science-Fiction May 11/1
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.
Runaway in Planet Stories Spring 33/2
Ti-5’s serpentine bulk was hovering just outside the atmosphere. Presently they saw tiny flames far below as rockets raced toward them. As Ti-5 set the deflectors Donn swore. Rocket after rocket, some of quite formidable dimensions, swerved away and vanished.
Seed of Tomorrow in Fantastic Universe Apr. 79/2
We’ve returned fire with all phaser banks. Negative against his deflector screen.
Arena (‘Star Trek’ script) 3 Nov. 9
The Enterprise is also equipped with navigational deflector beams which…sweep far ahead of the vessel’s path through space.
in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ ii. ii. 195
In flight, an automatic deflector field surrounds the ship to ward off all oncoming free-floating particles, which of course could be enormously destructive at such velocities.
Tower of Glass in Galaxy Magazine June 83/2
The Enterprise, now with full deflectors, rocked slightly under each impact.
Perry's Planet i. 2
Vulcan cities were deflector screened against the worst weather.
Dwellers in Crucible ii. 44
Blimp technology would only divert the snowstones: there was no way to impart sufficient energy to fling them out of the system altogether. Eventually, then, they must return, to be diverted again. And one day, perhaps, a snowstone would arrive when the deflectors had temporarily failed, and snowstrike would devastate the planet.
Code of the Skydiver in Interzone Oct. 23/2
In the blink of an eye, the big freighter was gone, with little more than a last glimpse of its forward deflector array.
Galaxy Blues in Asimov’s Science Fiction Feb. 99
Miles Breuer, in Amazing Stories
Research HistoryRalf Brown located, and Douglas Winston and Lawrence Watt-Evans independently submitted, a cite from a reprint of Robert Silverberg's "Tower of Glass"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1970 first magazine appearance.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1949 cite from Alfred Coppel, Jr.'s "Runaway".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1977 reprint of Leigh Brackett's "The Veil of Astellar": we would like to verify it in its first publication (Thrilling Wonder Stories, Spring, 1944)
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Sam Carson's "Seed of Tomorrow".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1987 cite from Thomas R. McDonough's "The Architects of Hyperspace".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1946 reprint of "First Contact" by Murray Leinster (pseud. of Will F. Jenkins): Mike Christie verified this in its first publication (Astounding, May 1945)
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1931 cite from Miles J. Breuer in Amazing Stories.
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1935 cite from John W. Campbell in Amazing Stories.
Suggested by Randy Hoffman.
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