nonhumanoid n.

an alien with a non-human bodily form


  • 1954 J. Blish Beep in Galaxy Science Fiction Feb. 42/2 James Blish

    And we'll be using non-humanoids there!

  • 1956 Astounding Science Fiction June 119/2

    In spite of his claims to ambassadorial rank, Alak found himself ranking low—his only retinue was on ugly nonhumanoid.

  • 1962 ‘G. Briarton’ Through Time & Space with Ferdinand Feghoot: LV in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Oct. 70

    The natives of Qsgg III, besides being exceedingly vain of their sciences and arts, were the busiest non-humanoids in the galaxy.

  • 1985 A. Cole & C. Bunch Court of Thousand Suns (1990) 19 Allan Cole Chris Bunch bibliography

    Prime World humans felt that the nonhumans, the N'Ranya, were underdogs, and preferred to invest their credits accordingly; non-humanoids felt somewhat differently, preferring to back the favorites.

  • 1998 ‘L. A. Graf’ War Dragons i. 4 Julia Ecklar Karen Rose Cercone bibliography

    Are they friendly toward nonhumanoids?

  • 2010 R. T. Jeschonek One Awake in All the World in Destination: Future 105 page image Robert T. Jeschonek bibliography

    There’re a lot of non-humanoids between here and there.

Research requirements

any evidence 1954

Earliest cite

James Blish, "Beep"

Research History
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1990 reprint of Allan Cole and Chris Bunch's "The Court of a Thousand Suns".
Mike Christie submitted a 1956 cite from Poul Anderson's "Live Coward".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite for "non-humanoid" from a 1976 reprint of James Blish's "Beep", which Mike Christie verified in its 1954 first publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1962 cite from "Through Time and Space With Ferdinand Feghoot: LV" by Grendel Briarton [pseudonym of Reginald Bretnor].
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2010 cite from Robert Jeschonek.

We would like cites of any date from other authors.

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