a spacecraft using a solar sail as its chief method of propulsion
One moment I was over old New York, aiming toward the updrafts in Wall Street Valley…. But there's a town to the west.…. I’d never seen a town like that and I’ve flown all around New York and beyond in my sail-ship.]
When Time Went Mad in Thrilling Wonder Stories Feb. 24/2
She went by light-sail ship. And she had to cross space—space, where the danger always waits.]
Think Blue, Count Two in Galaxy Feb. 48/2
The messages which drew a herdship off her path had always been automatic: beeps from a sailship whose interior sensors had registered trouble.
Sunjammer in Analog Apr. 19/2
It selected a fertilized human embryo, tagged it with the freakish name ‘Elaine,’ irradiated the genetic code with strong aptitudes for witchcraft and then marked the person’s card for training in medicine, transportation by sailship to Fomalhaut III and release for service on the planet.
Dead Lady of Clown Town in Galaxy Aug. 11/2
She had not minded trading hunting grounds for sailship cubicles: the universe lay waiting. She entered the ship young and eager.
Mountains of Sunset in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Feb. 106/1
‘Yes. A sailship,’ Albert agreed. ‘A photonic spacecraft. Its only propulsion is from light pressure against the array of sails.’
Heechee Rendezvous xii. 125
Twenty days in a sailship is a long time.
Oracle in Asimov’s Science Fiction Sept. 93
The Pethesilean mining vessel was a sailship. Propelled by the pressure upon their light[-]reflective sails of photons broadcast from laser arrays in orbit around stars, they are able to reach speeds approaching half the speed of light in one-point-six years.
Further: Beyond the Threshold xiii. 67
Research HistorySuggested by Ben Ostrowsky.
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