shuttlecraft n.

= shuttle n.

Associated chiefly with Star Trek.

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  • 1967 E. Hamilton Weapon From Beyond 150 Edmond Hamilton

    They marched across the blowing sand and into the golden shuttle-craft that would take them to the rescue ship.

  • 1968 S. E. Whitfield in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ ii. ii. 191 bibliography

    The ship’s hangar deck area, where the vessel’s shuttlecraft are stored, is located at the aft end.

  • 1970 J. Blish Spock must Die! x. 69 James Blish

    We almost never have any need for a shuttlecraft which can’t be filled better and faster by the transporter.

  • 1975 A. D. Foster Midworld (1976) 208 Alan Dean Foster

    It’s true our shuttlecraft can’t fly again. But its internal systems check out operational, including communications.

  • 1981 B. Shaw Galactic Tours 13 Bob Shaw

    Our picture shows the practice areas in use by suited and unsuited vacationers, the illusion of actually being in space enhanced by the sight of a shuttle craft approaching one of the station’s receiving bays.

  • 1981 G. R. R. Martin in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Magazine 12 Oct. 31/2 George R. R. Martin

    Excellent!… I shall instruct you in the peculiar idiosyncracies of my shuttle craft, then.

  • 1985 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Oct. 43/2

    The Ark is equipped with a full complement of shuttlecraft, all operational…but I have scant desire to leave the comforts of my quarters.

  • 1989 D. Dvorkin & D. Dvorkin Star Trek: Next Generation: Captains' Honor i. 22 David Dvorkin Daniel Dvorkin bibliography

    Please—come to us by shuttlecraft. We would like to receive you in the appropriate style.

  • 1991 A. McCaffrey Pegasus in Flight (1992) 154 Anne McCaffrey

    ‘Every boy in this generation understands shuttle craft,’ Don remarked, but his expression was no less bemused than theirs.

  • 1997 J. Vornholt Mind Meld i. 1 John Vornholt

    His only means of reaching the shuttlecraft field undetected was through this sewer.

  • 1999 C. Pellegrino & G. Zebrowski Star Trek Next Generation: Dyson Sphere iii. 52 George Zebrowski Charles Pellegrino bibliography

    The interior of the shuttlecraft Balboa had seats suitable for humanoids as well as saddles for Hortas.

  • 2017 M. F. Flynn Nexus in Analog Science Fiction and Fact Mar.–Apr. iv. 22/1 Michael F. Flynn bibliography

    Instruments identify the source as a small, boxy vehicle nesting in the shadows across the way, and he sprints toward it. The vessel is unfamiliar and too small even for a shuttlecraft.

Research requirements

antedating 1967

Earliest cite

E. Hamilton 'The Weapon From Beyond'

Research History
There are earlier examples in Star Trek scripts, but we don't have access to them.

Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of George R.R. Martin's "Loaves and Fishes", and Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1985 first magazine appearance.
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite for the form "shuttle craft" from a reprint of George R.R. Martin's "Guardians", and Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1981 first magazine appearance.
Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1990 reprint of Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee's "Rama II"; the cite is actually from a promotional excerpt from Clarke and Lee's "Garden of Rama".
Katrina Campbell submitted a 1981 cite from Bob Shaw's "Galactic Tours".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1989 reprint of Mike Resnick's 1988 "Ivory".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1989 cite from Joe Clifford Faust's "Desperate Measures".
Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1992 reprint of Anne McCaffrey's 1991 "Pegasus in Flight".
Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a reprint of Edmond Hamilton's "The Weapon From Beyond"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1967 first edition.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2017 cite from Michael F. Flynn.

Added to the OED in June 2003, with non-SF (earliest cite 1950) and SF (earliest cite 1967) evidence.

Last modified 2022-02-23 15:00:43
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