1958‘J. Wyndham’Thin Gnat-Voices in New Worlds Science Fiction July 103
I felt that if I could use his geological—or areological—interests to lure him outside, even a brief expedition might serve to dispel this notion of lurking Martians.
1958‘J. Wyndham’Thin Gnat-Voices in New Worlds Science Fiction July 102
‘One of our main objects…is to bring in a preliminary report on the geology of Mars.’ ‘Areology,’ he corrected me. ‘You can’t possibly talk about the geology of Mars. Doesn’t make sense.’
1933‘J. B. Harris’Exiles on Asperus in Wonder Stories Quarterly Winter 168/2
Instead of the irregular lump of cosmic rubbish he expected, he found himself gazing at a dented, stellium cylinder. ‘A message rocket,’ he muttered. ‘Now what the —?’ Bending down, he rolled it over and felt for the catch which would slide the message compartment cover aside.
1951‘J. Wyndham’Day of Triffids ii. 46
A catchy little name originating in some newspaper office as a handy label for an oddity—but destined one day to be associated with pain, fear and misery—triffid.