Full record for floater n.

Definition an airborne floating platform powered by e.g. antigravity
OED requirements antedating 1952
Earliest cite C.M Kornbluth, Make Mine Mars
Comment Mike Christie located and Brian Ameringen confirmed a cite in a 1968 reprint of Clifford Simak's "The Werewolf Principle". Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of C. M. Kornbluth's "Make Mine Mars"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1952 magazine appearance. Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1993 reprint of Vernor Vinge's "A Fire Upon the Deep". Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of George R.R. Martin's "Manna From Heaven"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1985 first magazine appearance. Douglas Winston submitted a 1999 cite from John Dalmas' "The Three-Cornered War". Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of Alfred Bester's "Time is the Traitor"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1953 original magazine appearance. Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1977 reprint of Gordon Eklund's 1974 "Free City Blues", in Universe 4. Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1979 cite from Norman Spinrad's "A World Between". Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1989 reprint of Robert Reed's 1987 "The Hormone Jungle".
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Citations for floater n.

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1953 A. Bester in Mag. Fantasy & Sci. Fiction Sept. 120 The floater that Frankie Alceste and Sima took from the spaceport was piloted by a Fisher aide who unlatched the cabin door and performed steep banks to tumble his fares out into the air. Alcester smashed the glass partition and hooked a meaty arm around the driver's throat until he righted the floater and brought them safely to earth‥. On the road level they were picked up by one of a hundred cars which had been pacing the floater from below.
1967 C. D. Simak Werewolf Principle (1968) 44 Carefully Blake guided the chair-like floater to the ground at one end of the barrier, close to the clump of birch, snapped off the gravity field as it came to rest. For a moment he sat in the chair unmoving‥. Finally he got out of the floater and from its back unstrapped the hamper of lunch to get at his fishing tackle. He set the hamper to one side on the grassy bank from which the clump of birches grew.
1973 G. Eklund Free City Blues in T. Carr Universe 3 157 After turning twelve, she had never seen another human being in the flesh except for Grandfather until yesterday when she caught the floater.
1973 G. Eklund Free City Blues in T. Carr Universe 3 155 The tall, stately towers near the floater terminal quickly gave way to smaller two- and three-story houses.
1979 N. Spinrad World Between 33 Carlotta's floater was a one-place model. She stood on a small metal disc containing a float unit and a little thruster.
1979 N. Spinrad World Between 33 Carlotta turned on the float unit and the floater rose the standard one meter off the floor. She cranked on a little throttle and the floater moved forward. She turned to the right by leaning her body in that direction, and the floater zipped up around the curving ramp and out onto the street.
1985 Analog Sci. Fiction/Sci. Fact mid-Dec. 34/2 A padded wingback floater chair came whispering out of the warm darkness. Tuf climbed into it like a king ascending a throne, and touched a control on the arm. The chair lit up with a faint violet phosphorescence. ‘Kindly follow,’ Tuf announced. The floater swiveled in the air and began to drift off.
1985 D. Hill Colsec Rebellion (1986) 41 Cord then learned that a floater was a vehicle that hovered on a cushion of air, smaller and faster than the CeeDee hovertanks, but well-armed and armoured.
1987 R. Reed Hormone Jungle (1989) 9 Half the sky is eclipsed by a tall stone building. A line of floaters cross the other half—saucer-shaped craft carrying their passengers from place to place.
1987 R. Reed Hormone Jungle (1989) 23 Everywhere are the same square floater pads on the roofs and the same tiny swimming pools full of green moonlight.
1992 V. Vinge Fire upon Deep (1993) 74 The blue sky just above the white-tops shaded quickly to indigo and black. Specks of silver moved up there, agrav floaters bringing starships into the Docks.
1994 D. Kingsbury Heroic Myth Lieutenant Nora Argamentine in L. Niven et al. Man-Kzin Wars VI iii. 18 The gravitic floater raced over grassways that blended into masking treescapes.
1999 J. Dalmas Three-Cornered War 177 Then he dropped the floater to within a foot of the ground. Worrel and three corporals slapped their safety releases and piled out, two from one side of the floater, two from the other.