Suppose the shells that dropped released a counter-gravity force upon impact: do you see what would happen?
Twilight of the Tenth World in Planet Stories Winter 107/1
I'll turn a countergravity ray on you. You'll have a nice, long trip—until you starve to death!
Rain of Fire in Future Aug. 65/1
In those days, Valona would borrow a diamagnetic scooter and take him out of the village every idle day. They would skim along, a foot above the road, gliding on the cushioned smoothness of the counter-gravity field, until they were miles and miles away from any human habitation.
Currents of Space in Astounding Science Fiction Oct. 11/2
The car was dropping, its forward momentum gone…If it hadn’t been for the countergravity materials worked into its structure, the Cloudsplitter would have plunged to the ground like a rock.
Goblin Night in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Apr. 22/2
The engines driving that enormous mass were deathly quiet. But where their countergravity fields touched the planet, trees snapped to kindling and the lake roiled white.
Outpost of Empire in Galaxy Magazine Dec. 69/1
The Admiralty Building was over a Manticoran century-and-a-half old and little more than a hundred stories tall, a modest little structure for a counter-gravity civilization, but that fireplace’s chimney bored up through thirty-odd stories of air shafts and ventilation ducting.
On Basilisk Station 111
any evidence 1940
in Planet Stories
Research HistoryFred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite for "counter-gravity" from Asimov's "The Currents of Space"
Ralf Brown supplied a pointer for "counter-gravity" from an etext of David Weber's "On Basilisk Station", and Malcolm Farmer located the cite in a 1999 reprint.
Ralf Brown supplied a pointer for "countergravity" from an etext of James H. Schmitz's "Goblin Night", and Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1965 first publication..
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