light-minute n.

the distance light travels in one minute

  • 1945 I. Asimov Mule in Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 42/1 page image Isaac Asimov bibliography

    We traveled about a light-minute or so, in neutral, right past Horleggor.

  • 1971 R. Silverberg In Entropy's Jaws in R. Hoskins Infinity 2 199 Robert Silverberg

    That is the voyage’s final acceleration; the ship will maintain this rate for two and a half days, until it clocks in at Scylla, the main deceleration station for this part of the galaxy, where it will be seized by a spongy web of forces twenty lightminutes in diameter and slowed to sublight velocities for the entry into the Abbondanza system.

  • 1987 L. Watt-Evans Wizard and War Machine ii. 10 Lawrence Watt-Evans

    The transmitter in his skull, powered by his own body’s electricity, had a useful range of no more than a light-minute or two, and while the sender of the message might not have a ready answer, he or she—or it—would surely have stopped the endless repetition immediately upon getting a response.

  • 1996 D. Weber Honor Among Enemies (1997) 269 David Weber

    Unfortunately, the bogies, whoever and whatever they truly were, were now only five light-minutes back.

  • 1999 D. Drake With the Lightnings 5 David Drake

    Formally the Reciprocity Agreement granted Cinnabar only the right to land warships on Kostroma instead of staying ten light-minutes out like those of other nations.

  • 2000 J. A. Gardner Hunted v. 38 James Alan Gardner

    While I waited for the Outbreak Team to arrive from some other starbase, I used the captain’s vidscreen to watch outside the ship. I didn’t see much—nothing came or went at Starbase Iris, not even in-system shuttles. Once I noticed a merchant vessel passing within range of Willow’s hull cameras, but it didn’t come very close; it was aiming for the planet Celestia, a light-minute nearer the local sun.

  • 2005 C. Stross Accelerando iv. 121 Charles Stross

    Unexpected fringe riders are developing new ecological niches on the edge of the human information space, light-minutes and light-hours from the core, as an expansion that has hung fire since the 1970s gets under way.


Research requirements

antedating 1945

Earliest cite

in Isaac Asimov's "The Mule"

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1945 cite from Isaac Asimov's "The Mule". Michael Dolbear submitted a cite from a 1997 reprint of David Weber's 1996 "Honor Among Enemies". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1999 reprint of David Drake's 1998 "With the Lightnings". Ralf Brown located and Daniel Frankham submitted a 1971 cite from Robert Silverberg's "In Entropy's Jaws". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from an undated reprint of James Alan Gardner's 2000 "Hunted". Douglas Winston submitted a 1987 cite from Lawrence Watt-Evans "The Wizard and the War Machine".

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