|OED requirements||antedating 1930|
|Earliest cite||Olaf Stapledon|
|Comment||Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of Robert Sheckley's "Milk Run"; Mike Christie verified it in the original 1954 magazine appearance.
Fred Galvin submitted cites from a Project Gutenberg etext of "Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings: we would like to verify this in the original publication (Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930), as this may antedate the earliest cite in the OED — the OED has a quotation from Olaf Stapledon in 1930.
|Last modified||3 February, 2010|
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|1954 R. Sheckley in Galaxy Sept. 126/1||‘I'm looking it up right now. Hmm‥ you didn't produce artificial gravity, did you?’‘Of course. To let the Queels feed.’‘Shouldn't have done that‥. Queels are light-gravity creatures‥. When they're subjected to an unusual—for them—gravity, they shrink down to microscopic size, lose consciousness and die.’‘But you told me to produce artificial gravity.’|
|1958 R. Cummings Brigands of Moon 66||The magnetizer control under the chart-room was altered, our artificial gravity cut off. I felt the sudden lightness; I gripped the window casement and clung.|
|1986 D. Carey Dreadnought v.69||The ship whined, straining against its own artificial gravity, creating a gyro effect.|