gateway n.

a portal allowing travel or communication between dimensions, alternate universes, etc.; gate n.



  • 1933 ‘H. Vincent’ Wanderer of Infinity in Astounding Stories of Super-Science Mar. 107/1 page image Harl Vincent bibliography

    It is a gateway to your world, a means of contact with your plane of existence for those many vicious hordes that dwell in other planes of the fifth dimension.

  • 1939 N. S. Bond Monster from Nowhere in Fantastic Adventures July 53/2 page image Nelson S. Bond bibliography

    It could have been four huge fingers…with the palm descending to grasp the daring tri-dimensional ‘Flatlander’ who had the audacity to match wits with a creature from a superior world…. But sometimes I am tempted to organize another expedition to the Maratan Plateau, myself. Try to learn the truth concerning the thing from beyond the Gateway.

  • 1944 L. Brackett Veil of Astellar in Thrilling Wonder Stories Spring 63/1 page image Leigh Brackett bibliography

    The crystals hung in a wide circle, tilting slightly inward. They pulsed with a blackness that was beyond mere dark, a negative thing as blazing and tangible as sunlight. The angle of tilt and the tuning of the facets against one another made the difference in the result, whether projecting the Veil, or motive power, or hypnosis, or serving as a gateway to another time and space.

  • 1947 E. Fennel Black Priestess of Varda in Planet Stories Winter 22/1

    The progressive civilization of the Superiors had been interrupted by alien creatures, the Luvans, who had opened a Gateway from another world.

  • 1947 H. Kuttner Way of Gods in Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr. 15/2 Henry Kuttner

    He shrugged his wings together and stooped to enter the gateway of the new world. Behind them the old man watched in silence, seeing the work of his lifetime ending. The gulf between them was too broad for leaping. He was human and they were not. Across a vast distance, vaster than the gulf between worlds, he saw the family of the mutations step over their threshold and vanish forever.

  • 1948 J. Blish Against Stone Beasts in Planet Stories Fall 77/2 James Blish

    I discovered in my time a sort of gateway to your time, and to seventeen other nearly synchronous moments, set up by a scientist unknown to me. Each of the gates seems to open upon one single specific instant. For instance: before I fell into the one which brought me here, I saw a figure I'm sure was yours. And it was motionless above the city, all the time that I was watching it.

  • 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora’s Star i. 21 Peter F. Hamilton

    Sleek white passenger expresses flashed past pulling dozens of carriages; multiworld commuters, whose route would take them through twenty or more planets as they rushed from gateway to gateway on a never-ending circuit.

Research requirements

antedating 1933

Earliest cite

Harl Vincent, 'Wanderer of Infinity'

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from Erik Fennel's "Black Priestess of Varda".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite from James Blish's "Against the Stone Beasts".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from Henry Kuttner's "Way of the Gods".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1977 reprint of Leigh Brackett's 1944 "The Veil of Astellar"; Jesse Sheidlower verified it in its first appearance in Thrilling Wonder Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1942 cite from Paul Edmonds' (aka Henry Kuttner) "Night of the Gods".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1946 reprint of Nelson S. Bond's "The Monster from Nowhere"; Jesse Sheidlower verified it in its first appearance in the July 1939 Fantastic Adventures.
Jeff Prucher submitted a cite from a 1970 reprint of Harl Vincent's "Wanderer of Infinity": Mike Christie verified this in its first publication in Astounding Stories, 1933

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