stasis field n.
an enclosed area within which time is stopped
In many depictions, stasis fields also protect their contents from physical damage.
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.
Beyond This Horizon in Astounding Science Fiction Apr. 31/1
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.
in Galaxy Science Fiction Oct. 15/2
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.
in Worlds of Tomorrow Mar. 12/1
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.
Forever War (1976) 177
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.
Sundiver (1989) 117
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.
in Dragon Magazine Nov. 45/1
The seedships had vast cell libraries, cloning material from literally thousands of worlds preserved in a stasis field.
in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Jan. 44/1
‘Your right forearm’—he looked down, and saw it was held in place by a stasis field—‘was broken.’
Star Trek: Next Generation: Captains' Honor xiii. 222
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.
Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers (1992) 73
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.
Asteroid Queen in L. Niven et al. Man-Kzin Wars III (1992) . 63
‘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.
Heirs of Empire 158
When everyone is accounted for, we'll place a stasis field around them.
My Brother's Keeper . iv. 80
R. Heinlein 'Beyond This Horizon'
Research HistoryGavin 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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