plane n.

= dimension n.

In the 1927 quote, referring to beings who live at wavelengths that humans cannot perceive, but not to a physically separate dimension.


  • 1927 G. P. Bauer Below Infra Red in Amazing Stories Dec. 883/2 page image George Paul Bauer bibliography

    While vibration ceases to affect our senses at 40,000 vibrations per second as sound, we find ourselves conscious again of periodic motion when it reaches 398 trillion times per second; then we hear with our eyes, or see with our ears, whichever you choose. The sensation is in all cases the effect of motion. There is much food for thought, or speculation in the thought that there exist sound-waves that no ear can hear, and color-waves that no eye can see. The (to us) long, dark, soundless space between 40,000 and 398 trillions, and the infinity of range beyond 764 trillions, where light ceases in the universe of motion, makes it possible to indulge in the speculation that there may be beings who live in different planes from ourselves, and who are endowed with sense-organs like our own, only they are tuned to hear and see in a different sphere of motion.

  • 1928 F. Flagg Blue Dimension in Amazing Stories June 228/1 page image Francis Flagg bibliography

    Though now more or less accustomed to the sensation of being transported, as it were, into this mysterious other plane, I could not refrain from instinctively crying out when the herd of beasts suddenly stampeded in my direction. I twas hard to realize that I had no existence for them; that I was so much space through which they sped like a whirlwind and were gone.

  • 1947 B. Walton Princess of Chaos in Planet Stories Spring 115/2 page image Bryce Walton bibliography

    Our scientists call them plains [sic]โ€ฆ. But they are really worlds coexistent with this one.

  • 1954 C. Jacobi Made in Tanganyika in Fantastic Universe May 102/2 page image Carl Jacobi bibliography

    Sutter walked forward slowly, aware in a vague way that he had entered another plane that was at once a microcosm and a macrocosm.

  • 1961 D. F. Galouye Mirror Image in Worlds of If Sept. 33/2 page image Daniel F. Galouye bibliography

    If you walk in front of a mirror in this plane, the other you will do the same thing in the other plane.

  • 1980 A. Budrys Books in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Mar. 47/2 page image Algis Budrys

    A society in harmonious tune with the Universe, capable of perceiving multiple planes of existence, travelling at multiples of the speed of light.

  • 1990 Dragon Magazine Mar. 71/3

    Cap learned his father was from Merlinโ€™s home plane, Otherworld.

  • 2013 N. Spinrad On Books in Asimovโ€™s Science Fiction Apr.โ€“May 185/2 page image Norman Spinrad

    The London of the alternate plane in which Everett finds himself for the majority of the story is quite a fascinating and even enticing creation, a kind of pseudo-Victorian London in feel and street-level life, like steampunk.

Research requirements

antedating 1927

Earliest cite

in Amazing Stories

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1928 cite from a letter to Amazing Stories by James Phelan; this letter refers to a story ("The Blue Dimension" by Francis Flagg) that appeared in the June 1928 issue. Jesse Sheidlower found a cite from this story.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1964 cite from L. Sprague de Camp's "The Blunderer".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from Roger Dee's "The Minister Had to Wait".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1954 cite from Carl Jacobi's "Made in Tangankiya".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Groff Conklin's "The Best of Science Fiction".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Bryce Walton's "Princess of Chaos" (in the form "plain").
Fred Galvin submitted a 1927 cite from George Paul Bauer's "Below the Infra Red"; this cite refers to beings who live at wavelengths that humans cannot perceive, but not to a physically separate dimension.

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