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"Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not."
- Isaac Asimov

Ship's Artificial Gravity  
  A very early mention of the term.  

The phrase "artificial gravity" was first used in science fiction stories just this year, so I can't tell whether or not Nowlan and Calkin originated this term on their own.


(Buck Rogers: Artificial Gravity mention)

From Buck Rogers, 2430 AD, by Philip Nowlan (w/D. Calkins).
Published by Not Known in 1929
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This basic problem of space travel was recognized as early as the 17th century; see the entry for weightlessness in space from The Man in the Moone (1638), by Francis Godwin.

See the entry for city of space from this same work for a more detailed discussion about artificial gravity.

For the first use of the idea see artificial gravity from Brigands of the Moon (1930) by Ray Cummings. Published the same year was the artificial gravity system from Last and First Men (1930) by Olaf Stapledon. See also paragravity from Collision Orbit (1941) by Jack Williamson.

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