one who pilots a spaceship through a jump n.
The monster cargo jumpers were hardly more than a pair of Necklin field generator rods in their protective housings so positioned as to be fitted around a constellation of pod bundles, a bracketing pair of normal space thruster arms, and a small control chamber for the jump pilot and his neurological headset.
Each Jump pilot, neurologically wired to his ship to navigate the wavering realities of wormhole space, made two hops a day, inbound to Rodeo with empty pod bundles and back out again with cargo, followed by a day off; two months on duty followed by a month’s unpaid but compulsory gravity leave, usually financially augmented with shuttle duties.
The ancient freighter’s Jump pilot had been pushing ships through Jump space for nearly forty years.
Captain Suzette, I'm pleased to introduce Plankholder Bogdan Kodiak, one of our most promising young jump pilot cadets.
In three months, the brave jump pilots seated behind me will begin to ferry colonists down to the surface. Naturally, everyone wants to be on the first historic landing. Who those lucky people will be depends upon the launch order of the jumpships.
any evidence 1988
Lois McMaster Bujold, "Falling Free"
We would be interested in further cites from other authors of any date: Amber Howard suggested "Grimspace" by Ann Aguirre, and "The Hidden Worlds" or "Cold Minds" by Kristin Landon as likely sources for further cites.
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