plasteel n.

an artificial material that combines some of the qualities of plastic (such as lightness or transparency) with some of the qualities of steel (such as hardness or strength)

  • 1942 G. Peck He Was Poorโ€ฆBut He Was Honest in Censored Mar. 7/1 page image

    Cold and rugged it was, lashed by furious gales that tore with futile fury at the plasteel dome which Elmer Dunk called home.

  • 1945 โ€˜L. Northernโ€™ Skyrover in Startling Stories Winter 92/1 page image Frank Belknap Long bibliography

    One day, while they had been building a series of plasteel pillboxes, as a change from digging, one of the silicoidos came to life.

  • 1955 F. Herbert Under Pressure in Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 57/2 page image Frank Herbert bibliography

    What we need is a dielectric as tough as plasteel.

  • 1956 H. Ellison in Infinity Science Fiction Aug. 101/1 Harlan Ellison

    There was a momentary silence, then the plasteel-armored guards fired at the spot.

  • 1965 F. Herbert in Analog Science Fiction/Fact Apr. 111/1 Frank Herbert

    The shafts were about a meter and a half long with glistening plasteel hoods at one end, roughened at the other end for a firm grip.

  • 1983 D. Brin Startide Rising 39 David Brin

    All of his dreams since the age of nine had dealt with ships. Ships, at first, of plasteel and jubber, sailing the straits and archipelagos of Calafia, and later ships of space.

  • 1984 A. McCaffrey Survivors: Dinosaur Planet II 41 Anne McCaffrey

    Even a heavyworlder would have had to grunt to bash the sturdy plasteel frame and body skin.

  • 1990 A. McCaffrey & J. L. Nye Death of Sleep (1992) 95 Anne McCaffrey Jody Lynn Nye bibliography

    I knew those struts were faulty. Trust Plasteel Corporation, the crew boss told us.

  • 1993 H. Harrison Golden Years of Stainless Steel Rat in H. Harrison Stainless Steel Visions (1993) 246 Harry Harrison

    This stripped away the surface plastic that covered the far harder plasteel of the flexible saw inside.

  • 1999 A. Thomson Through Alien Eyes (2000) ii. 43 Amy Thomson bibliography

    She looked down at the bland grey plasteel table.

  • 2015 G. Nix By Frogsled and Lizardback to Outcast Venusian Lepers in Old Venus 316 page image Garth Nix bibliography

    Sprinkled between the domes were buildings of every possible style, from single-box prefab plasteel instahuts to six-story mansions of local phlegm-colored brick, abandoned ships repurposed as factories or dwellings, and the ever-popular yurts of local lizard-hide over steel frames that could be quickly moved if circumstances required it.


Research requirements

antedating 1942

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1965 cite from Frank Herbert's "The Prophet of Dune".
Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of Harlan Ellison's "Run for the Stars"; Mike Christie verified the cite in a 1959 printing, and Guy Gordon subsequently verified the cite in the 1957 original magazine appearance.
Enoch Forrester submitted a 1983 cite from David Brin's "Startide Rising"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the first magazine appearance in 1981.
Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1992 reprint of Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye's 1990 "The Death of Sleep".
Edward Bornstein submitted a 2002 cite from John Ringo's "When the Devil Dances".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of George R.R. Martin's "Loaves and Fishes", and Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1985 first magazine appearance.
Enoch Forrester located and James Sutherland confirmed a cite in an undated reprint of Anne McCaffrey's "Survivors: Dinosaur Planet II".
Cory Panshin submitted a 1974 cite from Alexei Panshin's "When the Vertical World Becomes Horizontal" in Universe 4.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Harlan Ellison's "Trojan Hearse".
Greg Tidwell submitted a cite from a 1976 reprint of Frank Herbert's "The Dragon in the Sea", which Mike Christie verified in its original publication (as the serial "Under Pressure, November 1955, Astounding Science Fiction).
Bill Mullins submitted a 1942 cite from the Canadian fanzine Censored.
Bill Mullins submitted a 1945 cite from Frank Belknap Long, in Startling Stories.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2015 cite from Garth Nix.

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