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p20

1. p20-ARC One of the subunits of ARP2/3. 2. p20-CGGBP (CGG-binding protein1) A protein that binds to the unmethylated form of the trinucleotide repeat ...

spacefaring

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...flying , space travel . 1942 N. S. Bond Ballad of Venus Nell Planet Stories (Spring) 60 None but the most daring do any space-faring In those lethal, whirlagig niches, But spacemen all claim that the Bog is aflame With infinite, fabulous riches. 1959 P. Anderson Virgin Planet (1969) 20 Who had ever begun the idea that spacefaring was one long wild adventure? 1978 D. R. Mason Mission to Pactolus R 11 A long session in a Fingalnan brothel would set them up for another stint of...

nonhumanoid

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... And we'll be using non-humanoids there! 1956 P. Anderson Live Coward Astounding SF (June) 119/2 In spite of his claims to ambassadorial rank, Alak found himself ranking low—his only retinue was one ugly nonhumanoid. 1985 A. Cole & C. Bunch Court of Thousand Suns (1990) 20 Prime World humans felt that the nonhumans, the N'Ranya, were underdogs, and preferred to invest their credits accordingly; non-humanoids felt somewhat differently, preferring to back the favorites. 1993 SF Age (Jan.) 20/1 Why can't we have more non-humanoid aliens...

mind-meld

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... v to engage (someone) in a mindmeld. 1976 P. Foglio And Then…New York J. Winston Startoons (1979) 170 We're backstage, still waiting for Leonard Nimoy , who has gone thru 3 albums, mind-melded with 4 Trekkies and a Wells Fargo guard, faith healed a sick cat, and is halfway thru his current book. 1988 S. McCrumb Bimbos of Death Sun 20 I'll find him if I have to mind-meld the desk clerk! 1995 D. M. Flinn Fearful Summons 12 No one can mind-meld with a computer. 1998 W. Shatner Spectre 74 I mind-melded with Dr. McCoy . Waiting...

space operatic

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...bent; little characterization or motivation, but lots of fast action, cosmic gadgetry, and ribald wit. 2002 D. Langford New York Rev. of SF (Apr.) 8/2 Still, it's a rousing space-operatic read. 2006 P. Di Filippo (Washingtonpost.com) (Internet) Jan. 15 Hamilton's The Star Kings and Return to the Stars […] transport 20th-century Earthman John Gordon to a space-operatic milieu some 200,000 years hence, when golden empires sprawl across the space-lanes of the galaxy and one man can save the universe with daring and...

time hopper

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...hopper n a time machine . 1963 D. Barry Flash Gordon Newark (Oh.) Advocate (Aug. 12) 20 I guess we would be lying under that mastodon's hooves now, Flash…but for the “space-warp” device in my time-hopper—which moved us instantly to another continent. 1983 P. Anderson Ivory, & Apes, & Peacocks Time Patrol (1991) 171 One man on horseback, headed for the Cordillera Oriental that rises beyond the town—one man like ten thousand genuine Creoles—we couldn't go after him on time hoppers. 2002 V. Terrace Crime Fighting Heroes of Television ...

gravity drive

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...drive n a space drive that uses anti-gravity or some type of gravitic control to propel a spaceship. 1950 P. Anderson Star Ship Planet Stories (Fall) 73/2 None of them had ever built a rocketship, had ever seen one in action even. It was centuries obsolete in Galactic civilization. But gravity drives were out of the question. So—they'd had to design the ship from the ground up. 1983 B. Bova Winds of Altair (1988) 20 Physicists argued bitterly over whether or not the gravity drive actually propelled the ships faster than light. 1985 O....

time storm

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...discontinuity—lines dividing the time areas usually blocked off radio. 1994 A. McCaffrey Girl Who Heard Dragons (1995) 167 The time storm shifted and that resettlement was enough to rouse Chloe, attuned as she was to the distortion phenomenon. 2005 P. Di Filippo Washington Post Book World (Feb. 20) 13/3 Twenty-two years after the events of Hubcap King , America is convulsing under “time storms” and waves of gravity reversal and suffering from a general...

dimension

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... Chaos Weapon 49 “Why does he flicker like that?” “Because he travels in several dimensions, of which this is only one. He visits the others constantly, thus at no time is he fully here.” 1979 P. Anderson Gate of Flying Knives I. Asimov , et al. Mammoth Book of Short Fantasy Novels (1986) 20 Philosophers of a later, more rationalistic era elaborated this into a theory of parallel universes. […] You will understand that my condition has made me especially interested in the theory of dimensions. 2001 Cult Times (Feb.) 67/4 A girl is kidnapped on her...

gravity plate

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...plate n Obs . a device that creates artificial gravity “above” it, or that nullifies gravity “below” it. 1933 J. Williamson Salvage in Space Astounding Stories of Super-sci . Mar. 20/2 The creature's body was so heavy that Thad had to return to the bridge, and shut off the current in the gravity plates along the keel, before he could move it. 1936 G. Wilson Earth-Venus 12 Thrilling Wonder Stories (Dec.) 104/2 An hour's ascent, with our rocket-tails streaming like a comet behind us; then we shut them off, with the gravity plates set for Earth...

mundane

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...is richer than the enterprise of mundane fiction. 1988 J. Clute Strokes 42 Arguments about the nature of sf as opposed to “mundane” literature. 1999 M. J. Pustz Comic Book Culture 20 This identification, of course, marks these people as separate from the rest of the “mundane” (nonfan) population. 2005 R. A. Lupoff Intro . P. Lupoff & D. Lupoff Best of Xero 14 The earmarks of fannish writing were […] a cynical disregard for the mundane or non-fannish world, and a correspondingly high degree of...

skiffy

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...(2004) 60 Dr. Linebarger had to be respectable and responsible and had to guard his tongue. Cordwainer Smith wrote skiffy and babbled whatever he pleased. 1997 M. Resnick in M. Resnick & P. Nielsen Hayden Alternate Skiffy 109 Jack Haldeman is not only a top-notch skiffy author of long standing, but also a BNF (Big Name Fan). 2004 D. Broderick X, Y, Z, T 20 Christopher Priest abandoned accountancy for literature, taking a byway through the skiffy archipelago. 2005 D. Langford Ansible (Internet) July Meanwhile someone has decided that the...

chrononaut

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... n a time traveler . 1963 G. Fox Highwayman & Mighty Mite Atom (Apr./May) 20 I've been training since my last trip in the time pool! […] I'm becoming a regular “chrononaut”! 1974 P. K. Dick Little Something for Us Tempunauts E. L. Ferman & B. N. Malzberg Final Stage 287 Addison addressed the Soviet chrononaut. “Officer N. Gauki […] what in your mind is the greatest terror facing a time traveler?” 1982 M. Bishop No Enemy but Time 78 One of the older females had a vessel so expertly woven that I wondered if some unsung...

technothriller

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... n a work in the mystery or spy genres, the action of which depends on near-future technologies or scientific breakthroughs. 1986 Washington Post (Jan. 20) C16/1 World War III could be […] waged […] on cool and bloodless plains of silicon and won by software sabotage of the enemy's crucial computer systems. That is the timely and arresting premise of “Softwar,” a French techno-thriller. 1991 Locus (Sept.) 29/3 Toward the end, however, the mood shifts to more of a political techno-thriller, with some major twists in plot. Terrorists seek...

xenobiological

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... adj of or relating to xenobiology; alien. Hence xenobiologically , adv . 1958 Mag. of Fantasy & SF (Feb.) 20 Our xenobiologically-minded authors poured in reports on astonishing alien beings; and readers still cherish the memory of such fascinating creatures as Theodore Sturgeon’s often-reprinted hurkle . 1973 A. D. Foster Bloodhype 173 And I might suggest a more regulated intake of oxygen. Your present rate of consumption intrigues me only as a xenobiological curiosity. 1993 A. McCaffrey Chronicles of Pern: First Fall 228 How...

science fiction

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...and science fictions. 1961 J. Blish (letter) P. Lupoff & D. Lupoff Best of Xero (2005) 117 Can any writer in the audience name a science fiction by Voltaire, or show a single example of its having influenced 20 th -century s-f in any way? 1964 G. Conklin Five-Odd 74 This brilliant Scotsman first began writing for American publication in 1950 , and has since had a sizable number of first-rate science fictions in our magazines. 2005 S. Sontag Report on Journey New York Times Book Rev . Feb. 20 17/1 For instance, both science fictions and...

SF

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... R. A. Heinlein letter (Oct. 9) R. A. Heinlein & V. Heinlein Grumbles from Grave (1990) 108 Ginny suggests that I not use it in science fiction […]. It would not be seriously reviewed in an S-F novel. 1959 Times Literary Supplement (Mar. 20) 166/2 Both are by O.K.-names in the s.f. world. 1965 P. S. Miller Analog SF—Sci. Fact (Dec.) 151/1 Three of the ten stories are not science fiction, though they are “SF” in Judith Merril's broader interpretation. 1969 S. R. Delany About Five Thousand One Hundred & Seventy Five Words Extrapolation ...

Moorcock, Michael

Moorcock, Michael (1939– )   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

...( 1994 ) Fiction King of the City ( 2000 ) Fiction London Bone ( 2001 ) Fiction Short Stories Elric: The Stealer of Souls [first of the Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melnibone ] ( 2008 ) Fiction Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles ( 2010 ) Fiction Modern Times 2.0 ( 2011 ) Fiction The Sunday Books [with illustrations by Mervyn Peake] ( 2011 ) Fiction/Poetry London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction ( 2012 ) Non-Fiction The Michael Moorcock Collection [30 omnibus volumes and additional ebooks in definitive editions, edited by John Davey] (...

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