pseudo-grav n.

= artificial gravity n.; cf. pseudogravity n.

  • 1952 I. Asimov Martian Way in Galaxy Science Fiction Nov. 36/1 page image Isaac Asimov bibliography

    Then you would have to hike the pseudo-grav field of your suit and come down.

  • 1955 I. Asimov Talking Stone in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Oct. 109/1 Isaac Asimov

    Vernadsky carefully maneuvered the tank of helium on board the ship. With ship’s pseudo-grav generators shut off, it weighed virtually nothing, but it had its full mass and inertia.

  • 1960 P. Anderson Eve Times Four in Fantastic Science Fiction Stories Apr. 86/2 Poul Anderson bibliography

    Presently a thin keening sounded through the walls. It became a roar, and Teresina felt waves of frictional heat. Pseudograv could not smooth out all the jerking and buffeting which rocked the boat.

  • 1999 L. E. Modesitt Gravity Dreams (2000) 331 L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

    Because the pseudograv is too low and because centrifugal force substitutes for gravity?

  • 2007 A. E. Cowdrey Murder in Flying Vatican in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Aug. 43 page image Albert E. Cowdrey bibliography

    Pseudograv generator’s practically dead, and you wouldn’t want to bounce off the ceiling, eh?

Research requirements

antedating 1952

Earliest cite

Isaac Asimov, "The Martian Way"

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1955 cite from Isaac Asimov's "The Talking Stone".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1965 reprint of Poul Anderson's "Eve Times Four"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1960 original.
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a cite from Isaac Asimov's "The Martian Way", in Galaxy.

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