Full record for ansible n.

Definition an instantaneous communication device, not limited by the speed of light.
OED requirements antedating 1966
Earliest cite LeGuin, Rocannon's World
Comment Mike Christie submitted a cite from LeGuin, Rocannon's World (1966); this is probably the earliest cite or close to it. We requested cites from authors other than Le Guin or Card; Cheryl Yuhas submitted a 2000 cite from Elizabeth Moon's "Against the Odds" and Jennifer Broekman submitted a 1995 cite from Elizabeth Moon's "Winning Colors". Alexx Kay submitted a cite from a 2001 reprint of Vernor Vinge's 1988 story "The Blabber"; Malcolm Farmer verified this cite in the first edition. Enoch Forrester submitted a 1996 cite from L.A. Graf's "Time's Enemy".
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Citations for ansible n.

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1966 U. K. Le Guin Rocannon's World 113 Noting the coordinates at which the ansible sender was set, he changed them to the coordinates of the League HILF Survey Base for Galactic Area 8, at Kerguelen, on the planet New South Georgia—the only coordinates he knew without reference to a handbook.
1974 U. K. Le Guin Dispossessed (1975) ix. 222 They print Reumere's plans for the ansible.
1977 Analog Sci. Fiction/Sci. Fact Aug. 126/2 They left a hundred years ago. And they carried on them the ansible, and only a few men. So that someday a commander could sit on a planet somewhere far from the battle and command the fleet. So that our best minds would not be destroyed by the enemy.
1977 Analog Sci. Fiction/Sci. Fact Aug. 118/1 On his first day Ender Wiggin was taught about the ansible and what it meant to warfare. It meant that even though the starships of today's battles were launched a hundred years ago, the commanders of the starships were men of today, who used the ansible to send messages to the computers and the few men on each ship. The ansible sent words as they were spoken, orders as they were made. Battleplans as they were fought. Light was a pedestrian.
1977 O. S. Card in Analog Aug. 118/1 On his first day Ender Wiggin was taught about the ansible and what it meant to warfare. It meant that even though the starships of today's battles were launched a hundred years ago, the commanders of the starships were men of today, who used the ansible to send messages to the computers and the few men on each ship. The ansible sent words as they were spoken, orders as they were made. Battleplans as they were fought. Light was a pedestrian.
1985 O. S. Card Ender's Game xiii. 346 Val had finished the first volume of her history of the bugger wars and transmitted it by ansible, under Demosthene's name, back to Earth.
1988 V. Vinge Threats & Other Promises 254 Ham's eyes were drawn to the stone carving (now bluish green) that sat on Larry's desk. The old man nodded. ‘It's an ansible.’‘Surely they don't call it that!’‘No. But that's what it is.’
1991 O. S. Card Xenocide ii. 13–14 A subversive friend of Ender's‥was taking care of all that for her—managing the tricky business of translating an ansible message from a ship going at near-lightspeed to a message readable by a planetbound ansible for which time was passing more than five hundred times faster.
1994 Interzone Jan. 34 (heading) Ansible Link
1995 E. Moon Winning Colors 89 ‘Communications‥. You know, when I was commissioned, we didn't have FTL communications except from planetary platforms. I was on Boarhound when they mounted the first shipboard ansible, and at first it was only one-way, from the planet to us. That was still pretty exciting. Then they worked out how to get enough power for transmission.
1995 E. Moon Winning Colours (1999) xv. 268 Many communication modes for ansible transmission were located near jump points, for ease of maintenance and repair.
1996 ‘L. A. Graf’ Time's Enemy 102 ‘You're familiar with the theory of ansible technology, Heather?’ Petersen looked mildly surprised. ‘The idea that two twinned quantum particles will resonate in eternal synchronicity with each other, no matter how far you separate them in space? Of course.’
1996 ‘L. A. Graf’ Time's Enemy 103 I'm here, and I'm there. The question is, am I now an ansible?
2000 E. Moon Against Odds 159 Captain! Ansible flash!‥. Local origin—this ansible—and it's‥ omigod!
2000 E. Moon Against Odds 158 Despite Heris's sense of urgency, she took her flotilla through the intermediate jump points with all due caution, checking ansible activity along the way. Nothing more from the ansible at CX-42-h and the only word from HQ was ‘Proceed with caution.’
2001 Interzone May 12/2 ‘Is this conversation being transmitted?’ I asked mostly to test my vocal cords. ‘For the Senators, of course,’ replied Belam, ‘by ansible. You can speak directly to them’.
2003 D. Simmons Ilium (paperback ed) xi. 98, I can see Nightenhelser madly taking notes on his recorder ansible.