stasis field n.

an enclosed area within which time is stopped

In many depictions, stasis fields also protect their contents from physical damage.

SF Encyclopedia

  • 1942 ‘A. MacDonald’ Beyond This Horizon in Astounding Science Fiction Apr. 31/1 Robert A. Heinlein bibliography

    Monroe-Alpha began to understand what they were talking about. It was the so-called Adirondack stasis field. It had been a three-day wonder when it was discovered, a generation earlier, in a remote part of the mountains from which it got its name.

  • 1955 R. Sheckley in Galaxy Science Fiction Oct. 15/2 Robert Sheckley

    Goodman knew that Mrs. Melith had come out of a derrsin stasis field; he had recognized the characteristic blue haze. The derrsin was used on Terra, too. Sometimes there were good medical reasons for suspending all activity, all growth, all decay. Suppose a patient had a desperate need for a certain serum, procurable only on Mars. Simply project the person into stasis until the serum could arrive.

  • 1965 L. Niven in Worlds of Tomorrow Mar. 12/1 Larry Niven

    The ship had power, probably, to reach several worlds, but not to slow him down to the speed of any known world. Well, that was all right. In his stasis field Kzanol wouldn’t care how hard he hit.

  • 1974 J. Haldeman Forever War (1976) 177 Joe Haldeman bibliography

    I couldn’t begin to understand the principles behind the stasis field; the gap between present-day physics and my master’s degree in the same subject was as long as the time that separated Galileo and Einstein.

  • 1980 D. Brin Sundiver (1989) 117 David Brin

    The ship is a flat deck inside an almost perfectly reflecting shell. The Gravity Engines, Stasis Field Generators and the Refrigerator Laser are all in the smaller sphere that sits in the middle of the deck.

  • 1980 R. Camino in Dragon Mag. Nov. 45/1

    Should the electromagnetic field be in danger of imminent termination, or if someone starts disassembling the device, it and everything within two meters of it will be engulfed by a stasis field. No time will pass for anything within the stasis field. In effect, that volume of space has been cut off from the rest of the universe.

  • 1985 G. R. R. Martin in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Jan. 44/1 George R. R. Martin

    The seedships had vast cell libraries, cloning material from literally thousands of worlds preserved in a stasis field.

  • 1989 D. Dvorkin & D. Dvorkin Star Trek: Next Generation: Captains' Honor xiii. 222 David Dvorkin Daniel Dvorkin bibliography

    ‘Your right forearm’—he looked down, and saw it was held in place by a stasis field—‘was broken.’

  • 1989 ‘G. Naylor’ Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers (1992) 73

    Once activated, the booth created a static field of Time; in the same way X-rays can’t penetrate lead, Time couldn’t penetrate a stasis field.

  • 1990 J. Pournelle & S. M. Stirling Asteroid Queen in L. Niven et al. Man-Kzin Wars III (1992) ii. 63 S. M. Stirling Jerry Pournelle

    They had a device, a stasis field that forms invulnerable protection and freezes time within; we have never been able to understand the principle and copies do not work, but we have found them occasionally, and they can be deactivated.

  • 1996 D. Weber Heirs of Empire 158 David Weber

    ‘Those might be stasis emissions.’ She sounded unhappy at suggesting that, and Sean grunted. No stasis field could maintain itself from internal power, and there wasn’t enough available from the powered-down plants of the other facilities to sustain that many fields with broadcast power.

  • 1999 M. J. Friedman My Brother's Keeper ii. iv. 80 Michael Jan Friedman bibliography

    When everyone is accounted for, we'll place a stasis field around them.


Research requirements

antedating 1942

Earliest cite

R. Heinlein 'Beyond This Horizon'

Research History
Gavin Long submitted a cite from the book version of Larry Niven's "World of Ptavvs", which Mike Christie verified in the original 1965 magazine version.

Lawrence Watt-Evans suggested Robert Sheckley's "A Ticket to Tranai", and Mike Christie located a cite in the original 1955 magazine appearance. Edward Bornstein submitted a cite from a 1996 reprint of David Weber's 1996 "The Armageddon Inheritance"; and a 1996 cite from David Weber's "Heirs of Empire".

Enoch Forrester submitted a 1980 cite from R. Camino in Dragon magazine. Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1992 reprint of Grant Naylor's "Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers". Edward Bornstein submitted a cite from a reprint of Robert Heinlein's "Beyond This Horizon"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1942 first magazine appearance. Edward Bornstein submitted a cite from a 1989 reprint of David Brin's 1980 "Sundiver". Edward Bornstein submitted a 2002 cite from John Ringo's "When The Devil Dances". Edward Bornstein submitted a 1990 cite from Stephan E. Jones' "GURPS Uplift". Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of George R.R. Martin's "Plague Star"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1985 first magazine appearance.

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