from, or characteristic of, a time before spaceflight
And the man’s name, Watcher, is so typical of the ancient pre-spaceship method of calling names on Earth according to the trade. It is possible that even the sun, where he is watching, is a service heritage of his family. ]
Concealment in Astounding Science-Fiction Sept. 96/1
It was a low-powered atomic jet ship, of the most primitive design, resembling the one-man jets of the pre-spaceflight era.
Dragon Army in Fantastic Adventures Nov. 20/2
He is fond of citing vast amounts of earth history, mostly pre-spaceflight and solar system bound, to support his views which have gained some influence in recent years.
Omega Point 16
A long time ago, in the same history course where she had learnt about ramscoops, Elena had come across an ancient print encapsulating an otherwise forgotten pre-spaceflight cosmology.
Jacob’s Rock in Amazing Stories Mar. 101
But as I say, all peoples were beaten back to pre-space-flight levels, some to even preindustrial levels. So matters remained for three hundred years. The Thread still existed, but no one had the capability to reach it. Indeed, for most peoples even the rumor of its existence was lost…. Then, by chance, the Chahwyn discovered a cache of Shonkla-raa technology that had been hidden before war’s end. With it we were able to reach again into space; and with access to the Thread, we gained the stars.
Night Train to Rigel (2006) 302
‘We have wormholes and portals stretching almost halfway around the galaxy,’ Kandara said. ‘We are not and never will be “caged in.” Stop thinking in pre-spaceflight terms.’
Saints of Salvation 491
any evidence 1952
William Morrison, "The Dragon Army", in Fantastic Adventures
Research HistoryRalf Brown located and Fred Galvin submitted a 1972 cite from George Zebrowski's "The Omega Point".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1993 cite from "Starpilot's Grave" by Debra Doyle and James D.Macdonald.
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 2006 reprint of Timothy Zahn's 2005 "Night Train to Rigel".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2020 cite from Peter F. Hamilton.
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