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 shipโ€™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 generatorโ€™s practically dead, and you wouldnโ€™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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