The Chronic Argonauts.]
To the best of my knowledge and belief, this essay contains the first appearance in print of the word chrononaut…. If an author allows his chrononauts to play an active part in the history of the age which they visit, he at once raises all sorts of problems.
Chrononaut is a word Ray has coined which means ‘time traveler’…. I've been training since my last trip in the Time Pool! I can stand up better to the battering and buffeting I'm getting. I'm becoming a regular ‘chrononaut’.
Addison addressed the Soviet chrononaut. ‘Officer N. Gauki…what in your mind is the greatest terror facing a time traveler? That there will be an implosion due to coincidence on re-entry, such as has occurred in our launch? Or did other traumatic obsessions bother you and your comrade during your own brief but highly successful time flight?’
The Soviet chrononaut N. Gauki lifted both hands impassionedly and spoke to the Americans across the table from him in a voice of extreme urgency. ‘It is the opinion of myself and my colleague R. Plenya, who for his pioneering achievements in time travel has been certified a Hero of the Soviet People, and rightly so, that based on our own experience and on theoretical material developed both in your own academic circles and in the Soviet Academy of Sciences of the USSR, we believe that tempunaut A. Doug’s fears may be justified. And his deliberate destruction of himself and his team mates at re-entry, by hauling a huge mass of auto parts back with him from ETA, in violation of his orders, should be regarded as the act of a desperate man with no other means of escape.’
Even though I, as mission chronalnaut, had the final control over all displacement systems, it was good that the systems—and the systems of the all-important propeller unit—were in exact harmony with mine.
One of the older females had a vessel so expertly woven that I wondered if some unsung chrononaut had dropped back in time to give it to her, whereupon I realized that her "basket" was in fact a weaverbird nest that she or her husband had stolen from an acacia tree.
He had always handled himself well in front of crowds; that had been part of his training after he had been selected as the first chrononaut.
Although no one knew what they were, several theories had been advanced to explain the sightings, the most popular being that they themselves were chrononauts, yet from farther up the timestream.
One of the earlier chrononauts turns up at the Mentnor’s [sic] house during a party and causes two deaths before destroying the Sphere.
Mr. Feghoot has not graced our pages in thirty-nine years—our time—but the chrononaut appears unchanged save for an odd bunch of pals he has brought with him.
Christian Science Monitor
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