Aldebaranian n. 2

the language of Aldebaranians



  • 1939 E. E. Smith Gray Lensman in Astounding Science-Fiction Nov. vi. 11/2 page image Edward E. Smith bibliography

    โ€˜Good morning. Dessa,โ€™ he greeted her in Aldebaranian. โ€˜You are feeling better, I hope?โ€™

  • 1979 D. Bickerton King of Sea ii. 112 page image Derek Bickerton bibliography

    If you read science fiction you know how badly this side of things is usually handled. When aliens meet they usually have some machine (specs unspecified) which instantly translates their English into fluent Centaurian or Aldebaranian, or vice versa. Or they just quickly pick up a few names of familiar objects, as tourists do, and then ten times quicker than any tourist theyโ€™re yakking away to six-legged unicorns or intelligent blobs of slime like interstellar Dr. Doolittles. I suppose thatโ€™s understandable: they have Plots to get on with, I only have to tell you what happened to me.

Research requirements

any evidence 1939

Earliest cite

E. E. โ€˜Docโ€™ Smith, โ€˜Gray Lensmanโ€™

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