Rigellian n. 2
the language of Rigellians
When you arrive on Rigel V, you will be followed until it is certain that you are not being shadowed. At that time a Rigelian will approach you, call you by name, and say: ‘Welcome to the fertile soil of Rigel V’—in Rigelian, of course. You will reply: ‘Fertility must be properly cultivated.’
Private Enterprise in Astounding Science Fiction July 71/1
Fluency might prove an advantage some day. Too bad he’d never learned Rigellian, for instance.
Plux X in Astounding Science Fiction June 14/1
There was a chattering hiss behind him. It was, Mike knew, the sibilant language of the Rigellian natives.]
Hungry World in Imaginative Tales Mar. 105/2
Meanwhile, we over here in the science fiction field blithely send our space explorers out to alien planets equipped with semantic converters that efficiently translate Earth-speech into Rigelian or Betelgeusean, and vice versa.
Power of Words in Asimov’s Science Fiction June 8/2
‘No!’ Tooe’s voice was shrill. ‘No good!’ And she talked on in rapid Rigelian, mixing in what sounded to Rip like a few words of the Tathi language. Rip saw Dane frown in concentration. The cargo master’s understanding of Rigelian, after weeks of talking with Tooe, was as good as hers of Terran—or nearly. But he seldom spoke in the difficult, hissing language.
Mind for Trade (1998) viii. 83
James E. Gunn, writing as "Edwin James", in Astounding
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