Full record for matrix n.

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1942 R. A. Heinlein Let. 4 Jan. in R. A. Heinlein & V. Heinlein Grumbles from Grave (1990) 30 You come out with some of the goddamndest flat-foot opinions‥basing your opinions on casual gossip, newspaper stories, unrelated individual data out of matrix, armchair extrapolation, and plain misinformation.
1942 R. A. Heinlein Let. 4 Jan. in R. A. Heinlein & V. Heinlein Grumbles from Grave (1990) 30 You come out with some of the goddamndest flat-foot opinions‥basing your opinions on casual gossip, newspaper stories, unrelated individual data out of matrix, armchair extrapolation, and plain misinformation.
1962 M. Z. Bradley Sword of Aldones in Planet Savers/Sword of Aldones (1982) v. 167 Any attempt to make an exact molecular duplicate of a matrix like the one commanding Sharra—is it ninth level or tenth?—would warp half the planet right out of spacetime.
1962 M. Z. Bradley Sword of Aldones in Planet Savers/Sword of Aldones (1982) iii. 147 Once‥all the technology of Darkover had been done through the matrix screens, operated by the linked minds of the Keepers. All the mining, all the travel, all energy-requiring transitions—even nuclear dispersions—had been done through the energon rings, each linked in mind with one of these young girls.
1962 M. Z. Bradley Sword of Aldones iii. 34 Once‥all the technology of Darkover had been done through the matrix screens, operated by the linked minds of the Keepers. All the mining, all the travel, all energy-requiring transitions—even nuclear dispersions—had been done through the energon rings, each linked in mind with one of these young girls.
1962 M. Z. Bradley Sword of Aldones v. 51 A matrix is the only unique thing in spacetime, and thus existing without any equilibrium point, has the power to shift energy.
1962 M. Z. Bradley Sword of Aldones v. 51 Any attempt to make an exact molecular duplicate of a matrix like the one commanding Sharra—is it ninth level or tenth?—would warp half the planet right out of spacetime.
1962 M. Z. Bradley Sword of Aldones in Planet Savers/Sword of Aldones (1982) v. 166 A matrix is the only unique thing in spacetime, and thus existing without any equilibrium point has the power to shift energy.
1970 M. Z. Bradley Winds of Darkover 156 ‘Come with me to the room where my sisters and I work,’ she said. ‘We must find the proper instruments and—you may as well call them talismans, if you like. And if you, Storn, have experimented with these things, then the sight of a matrix laboratory may interest you. Come. And then we can leave within the hour, if you wish.’ She led the way along a flight of stairs and past glowing blue beacons in the hallways which Storn, although he had never seen them before, recognized. They were the force beacons, the warning signs. He had some of them in his own castle and had experimented until he had learned many of their secrets. They had given him the impregnable field which protected his body and had turned Brynat's weapon, and the magnetic currents which guided the mechanical birds that allowed him to experience the sensation of flight.
1970 M. Z. Bradley Winds of Darkover 157 A stinging shock ran through him, and—for an instant Dan Barron, bewildered, half-maddened, and fighting for sanity, stared around him at the weird trappings of the matrix laboratory, as if waking from a long, long nightmare.
1972 J. Blish Star Trek 5 105 An almost instantaneous manufacture, no doubt, in which your robot was duplicated from an existing matrix.
1977 S. Marshak & M. Culbreath Price of Phoenix (1985) v. 34 The print and the negative. The matrix.
1977 S. Marshak & M. Culbreath Price of Phoenix (1985) iii. 19 It required‥a means of playing the recording back into combination with the basic biological matrix of a transporter scan.
1979 W. Breen Darkover Concordance 87/1 Keyed matrixes are all supposedly monitored and permanently observable in relay screens in Towers.
1979 W. Breen Darkover Concordance 89/1 Matrix mechanics , one of the ‘non-causative’ sciences‥. Basically, collective techniques for inducing human minds (amplified by matrix crystals) to produce major psi activity for various purposes, from healing to mining to operating aircraft.
1979 W. Breen Darkover Concordance 87/1 Matrix , any crystal which responds to human mental activity.
1979 W. Breen Darkover Concordance 89/1 Matrix mechanic , licensed worker with matrix crystals‥of higher rank than a monitor but lower rank than a technician or Keeper. A matrix mechanic need not have any important amount of laran.
1982 V. N. McIntyre Wrath of Khan iv.82 All their computers stored information by arranging infinitesimal magnetic bubbles within a matrix held in a bath of liquid hydrogen near absolute zero.
1984 W. Gibson Neuromancer (1989) iv.xxiii. 259 Tonight the very matrix asks itself that question.
1994 L. A. Graf Firestorm iv. 31 The Enterprise 's warp matrix was fused beyond repairing.
1994 B. Hambly Crossroad xvi. 224, I looked through the records—ran probability matrices.
1995 D. M. Flinn Fearful Summons 149 She played her fingers over the sensor matrix.
1999 M. J. Friedman My Brother's Keeper ii. v. 115 He had called up a three-dimensional coordinate matrix.