an alien with a non-human bodily form
The Merakians….are non-humanoids. I am told that their bodies are globular in shape and that they have no necks and heads in the humanoid sense. Their mouths, noses, eyes and ears appear as needed and when these organs are not in use, all that can be seen is the smooth surface of a globe. They usually have two arms and two legs, but these are retractable and extensional, so that a Merakian may be three feet tall when you first meet him and eight feet tall the next time you see him.
Merakian Miracle in Thrilling Wonder Stories Oct. 111/2
And we’ll be using non-humanoids there!
Beep in Galaxy Science Fiction Feb. 42/2
In spite of his claims to ambassadorial rank, Alak found himself ranking low—his only retinue was one ugly nonhumanoid.
The Live Coward in Astounding Science Fiction June 119/2
The natives of Qsgg III, besides being exceedingly vain of their sciences and arts, were the busiest non-humanoids in the galaxy.
Through Time & Space with Ferdinand Feghoot: LV in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Oct. 70
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.
Court of Thousand Suns (1990) 19
Are they friendly toward nonhumanoids?
War Dragons i. 4
There’re a lot of non-humanoids between here and there.
One Awake in All the World in Destination: Future 105
Kendell Foster Crossen
Research HistoryDouglas 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.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from Kendell Foster Crossen.
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