stargate n.

a portal or device that transports something to another point in the universe (usually another such location or device) in a manner that bypasses the intervening space; cf. gate n., jump gate n.

SF Encyclopedia


  • 1958 A. Norton (title) Andre Norton bibliography

    Star Gate.

  • 1959 F. C. Gale GALAXY’S 5 Star Shelf in Galaxy Magazine June 141/2

    Miss Norton is justly famous for her juvenile fiction, which has—at its best—few peers but no betters. Her present effort is not her best. It runs heavily to action, an ingredient always in plentiful supply in her works, but here preventing a full development of an alien picture. The ‘Star Lords’, presumably Earthmen who have bollixed up the lives of Gorth’s inhabitants, finally leave after hundreds of years. Spaceships long gone, they resort to dimensional travel via the ‘Star Gate’, winding up on an alternate Gorth where their counterparts have made an even greater mess of the planet.

  • 1968 A. C. Clarke 2001: Space Odyssey 222 Arthur C. Clarke

    The Star Gate opened. The Star Gate closed. In a moment of time, too short to be measured, Space turned and twisted upon itself.

  • 1980 M. Edwards & R. Holdstock Tour of Universe 69

    Stargates are distortions in space; they are also distortions in time, a fact that is often overlooked.

  • 1983 R. Short Gospel from Outer Space ii. 25

    From Jupiter one of the space travelers actually makes it through Jupiter’s ‘star gate’ and then on ‘beyond the infinite’.

  • 1992 R. M. Meluch Queen's Squadron 17

    Aithar’s sun commanded a stargate by which allies of Telegonia, especially Earth, had access to the Empire’s homeworld of Eta Cassiopeia A IV.

  • 1995 G. Egan Distress (1996) 334

    Listening to Reynolds' Distress victims, I'd imagined them granted X-ray vision and more, assailed by images of molecules and galaxies, reeling at the universe in every grain of sand—and they were the lucky few. I'd steeled myself for the worst: the sky peeling open to reveal some Mystical Renaissance wet dream of stargate acid-trip stupefaction, the end of thought, the candied incineration of reason. The reality could not have been more different.

  • 2009 N.Y. Times (National ed.) 2 Oct. c16/1

    Ancient aliens scattered teleportation portals around the universe…. People come hurtling toward us through a stargate in quick succession, crashing on top of one another in a bloody scrum.

Research requirements

antedating 1958

Earliest cite

A. Norton 'Star Gate'

Research History
Stuart Young submitted a 1983 cite from the title of Pauline Gedge's "Stargate".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1974 cite from the title of Stephen Robinett's "Stargate".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1970 reprint of Arthur C. Clarke's "2001: A Space Odyssey"; Andrew Stephenson confirmed it in a 1968 edition.
Katrina Campbell submitted a 1980 cite from Malcolm Edwards and Robert Holdstock's "Tour of the Universe".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1992 cite from R.M. Meluch's "The Queen's Squadron".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1996 reprint of Greg Egan's 1995 "Distress".
Fred Galvin suggested Andre Norton's 1958 novel "Star Gate", and Douglas Winston submitted a cite from the 1963 Ace books edition. Fred Galvin submitted cites from magazine reviews of this book: by Anthony Boucher in the November 1958 F&SF (though this mentions only the title), and by Floyd C. Gale in the June 1959 Galaxy.
We would very much like to see a cite from the 1958 first publication of this book.

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