Full record for gravity screen n.

OED requirements antedating 1930
Earliest cite S.P. Meek in Amazing Stories
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from Henry Kuttner in Thrilling Wonder Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1932 cite from Arthur G. Stangland's "50th Century Revolt".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from James Blish's "Bridge".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1940 cite from Vincent Reid's "The Future's Fair".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1930 cite from a letter from S. P. Meek in Amazing Stories; this letter alludes to a story of Meek's ("The Red Peril") published in the Sept. 1929 issue. We would like to obtain a cite from this story.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from an undated reprint of Harry Walton's "Schedule"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1945 first appearance.
Fred Galvin submitted cites from a 1960s reprint of Edmond Hamilton's "Crashing Suns": we would like to verify this in its first publication (Weird Tales, August and September 1928)

[Fred Galvin notes the use of a similar term, "gravitation screen" in a story, "On The Martian Way" by Captain Harry Gore Bishop, first published in 1907 and reprinted several times in the following decades]

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Citations for gravity screen n.

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1932 A. G. Stangland 50th Century Revolt in Wonder Stories Apr. 1208/2 For twenty or thirty miles into the back-bone of the Andean mountains massive reinforced steel tubes were driven to withstand the terrific constant strain of the tubes as they sent forth a vast field of gravitation, retarding the motion of the planet. The huge gravity screens of the tubes fed on large vats of silicon dust which broke down atomically, releasing a powerful negative field of gravity.
1945 Astounding Sci.-Fiction June 58/2 ‘The turbos are heatin'. They won't take any overload on deceleratin'.’ ‘Won't have to. We'll cut in the gravity screens in reverse.’
1947 Thrilling Wonder Stories Feb. 113/1 Gravity-screens, to take only one example, make it possible to use android robots of such size that they could exist only in a slight gravity.
1952 Astounding Sci. Fiction Feb. 70/2 They have antigravity! Isn't that it?’ ‘Yes‥. Of course, it couldn't be a complete gravity screen by any means. But it seems to be a good long step toward it.’