Full record for jump pilot n.

Definition one who pilots a spaceship through a jump
OED requirements any evidence 1988
Earliest cite Lois McMaster Bujold, "Falling Free"
Comment Suggested by Amber Howard.
Amber Howard submitted a 1988 cite from Lois McMaster Bujold's "Falling Free"
Amber Howard submitted a 2003 cite from Amy Thomson's "Storyteller" Amber Howard submitted a 2007 cite from David Marusek's "Counting Heads"
Michael Dolbear submitted a cite from a 1992 reprint of Lois McMaster Bujold's "The Warrior's Apprentice": we would like to confirm this from the 1986 first publication.

We would be interested in further cites from other authors of any date: Amber Howard suggested "Grimspace" by Ann Aguirre, and "The Hidden Worlds" or "Cold Minds" by Kristin Landon as likely sources for further cites.

Last modified 24 October, 2010

Citations for jump pilot n.

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1988 L.M. Bujold Falling Free 22 The monster cargo jumpers were hardly more than a pair of Necklin field generator rods in their protective housings so positioned as to be fitted around a constellation of pod bundles, a bracketing pair of normal space thruster arms, and a small control chamber for the jump pilot and his neurological headset.
1988 L.M. Bujold Falling Free 22 Each jump pilot, neurologically wired to his ship to navigate the wavering realities of wormhole space, made two hops a day, inbound to Rodeo with empty pod bundles, and back out again with cargo, followed by a day off; two months on duty followed by a month's unpaid but compulsory gravity leave, usually financially augmented with shuttle duties.
2003 A. Thomson Storyteller 3 The ancient freighter's Jump pilot had been pushing ships through Jump space for nearly forty years.
2007 D. Marusek Counting Heads 242 In three months, the brave jump pilots seated behind me will begin to ferry colonists down to the surface. Naturally, everyone wants to be on the first historic landing. Who those lucky people will be depends upon the launch order of the jumpships.
2007 D. Marusek Counting Heads 128 Captain Suzette, I'm pleased to introduce Plankholder Bogdan Kodiak, one of our most promising young jump pilot cadets.