escape ship n.

= lifeboat n.; lifeship n.


  • 1932 J. W. Campbell, Jr. Space Rays in Wonder Stories Dec. 585/1 page image John W. Campbell, Jr. bibliography

    Lt. Lane and his men were dumped unceremoniously into this tiny escape ship, and turned adrift, without radio or weapons. Lane was heading with all speed for Mars, some thirty million miles away.

  • 1936 M. Miller Exile in Arcturus (#3) Feb. 14/1 page image

    I was just talking to Kitson there in the escape ship, and next thing I know I’m lying on the floor here, outside the boat.

  • 1953 R. Sheckley Potential in Portals of Tomorrow 144 page image Robert Sheckley bibliography

    Against that background he had been selected to man the escape ship.

  • 1960 M. Clifton Eight Keys to Eden xiii. 83 page image Mark Clifton bibliography

    They were all for taking the escape ship and hightailing it back to Earth.

  • 1970 R. Silverberg Pleasure of Their Company in Moonferns and Starsongs (1971) 155 page image Robert Silverberg bibliography

    Over the past few years, as the likelihood of Contingency C had grown steadily greater, Voigtland had cubed everyone who was really close to him and stored the cubes aboard the escape ship, just in case.

  • 1980 D. F. Glut Empire Strikes Back vi. 64 page image Donald F. Glut bibliography

    Han knew they would have to find some other route to Leia’s escape ship—and quickly.

  • 1996 K. J. Anderson & R. Moesta Jedi Under Siege xix. 173 page image Kevin J. Anderson Rebecca Moesta bibliography

    As the escape ship fled from the Shadow Academy and the Yavin system, the last surviving guard acknowledged to himself that the military forces he left behind would be defeated utterly.

  • 2010 M. Byers Percival’s Planet xxxii. 363 page image Michael Byers

    ‘I mean what if it’s something else entirely? [...] Like a ship.’ Clyde’s eyes expand behind his tortoiseshell spectacles. ‘Did you ever think, maybe that’s what Lowell was after all this time? He was after the Martians. And that’s their escape ship. And that’s where they went; they abandoned their planet after the atmosphere disappeared, and now they’re coming back to Earth to take us over. [...] So what are we going to call it?’ he asks. ‘I don’t know. Slipher wants to call it Pluto, which suits me fine.’

Research requirements

antedating 1932

Earliest cite

J. W. Campbell, in Wonder Stories

Research History
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2010 cite from Michael Byers.

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