any of various small vehicles that fly relatively close to the ground, esp. by means of an anti-gravity propulsion system
In use since the 1840s referring to various kind of watercraft, including hydrofoils and hydroplanes.
Tractors shoved the stuff into piles and skimmers mounting gravity engines carried it away.
Lost Ulysses in Astounding Science Fiction May 116/1
The skimmer landed at the roof-entry of a hotel.
Profession in Astounding Science Fiction July 42/2
Through it, visible above and around it in all directions, a swirling, shifting mass upon mass of human beings. Some in fliers, others on skimmers.
in Analog Science Fiction/Fact Nov. 46/1
I stood and drew her to her feet as it buzzed in low—a Radson Skimmer: a twenty-foot cockleshell of reflection and transparency; flat-bottomed, blunt-nosed.
…And Call Me Conrad in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Oct. 11/1
A lone guard armed with a Japanese-made slicer patrolled the fence in endless circles at fifteen feet on a one-man skimmer.
in Analog Science Fiction/Fact Jan. 70/2
He ordered a private skimmer to be ready within the hour.
Prelude to a Crystal Song in R. Elwood Continuum 1 (1977) 112
The Guardians had twenty armed skimmers, and there were another hundred-odd skimmers and aircars in private hands. We commandeered them, armed them. We also had our airships. Skimmers and aircars are difficult and expensive to maintain here.
in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Magazine 12 Oct. 21/2
It may be as normal for them as learning to fly a skimmer is to us.
Their parent had been killed many years before in a skimmer accident.
Lost Years v. 116
1993 Science Fiction Studies Nov. 454
BCP is a great way to be introduced to this amazingly broad sample of expert skimmers.
The skimmers are low over the town and obviously carrying out a search.
Opoponax Invasion (1994) 40
2000 White Dwarf May 29/1
Despite the distinct advantage of all damaging hits only being glancing on fast moving skimmers, they should still seek cover to hide behind. Skimmers are fragile and even glances are dangerous to them.
W. Bade 'Lost Ulysses'
Research HistoryMike Christie submitted a 1965 cite from Roger Zelazny's " . . . And Call Me Conrad".
Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from Anne McCaffrey's 1982 novel, "Crystal Singer"; Mike Christie confirmed the cite in a 1977 reprint of the original 1974 anthology appearance. Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a reprint of Isaac Asimov's "Profession"; Mike Christie confirmed the cite in the original 1957 magazine appearance. Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a reprint of Frank Javor's "Interview"; Mike Christie confirmed the cite in the original 1963 magazine appearance. Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a reprint of Norman Spinrad's "A Thing of Beauty"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1973 first magazine appearance. Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of George R.R. Martin's "Guardians", and Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1981 first magazine appearance. Mike Christie submitted a 1949 cite from William Bade's "Lost Ulysses".
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