suffering from spacesickness n.
For the first time since he left Earth he became space-sick.
Ralph grew more despondent each day, and his hope of bringing his betrothed back to life grew dimmer and dimmer as the hours rolled on. For the first time since he left the Earth he became space-sick. Space-sickness is one of the most unpleasant sensations that a human being can experience. Not all are subject to it, and it does not last longer than forty-eight hours, after which it never recurs. On Earth, gravitational action to a certain degree exerts a certain pull on the brain. Out in space, with practically no gravitational action, this pull ceases. When this happens, the brain is no longer subjected to the accustomed pull, and it expands slightly in all directions, just as a balloon loses its pear shape and becomes round when an aeronaut cuts loose, to drop down with his parachute. The effect on the brain results in space-sickness, the first symptoms being violent melancholy and depression followed by a terrible and heart-rending longing for Earth. During this stage, at which the patient undergoes great mental suffering, the optical nerves usually become affected and everything appears upside down, as if the sufferer were looking through a lens. It becomes necessary to take large doses ofSiltagol, otherwise brain fever may develop.
I was sure I'd never be space sick.
She was space-sick and she could not eat.
Ordinarily she never got space sick, but this was different.
A sudden wave of queasiness sent her to her seat. She must be more exhausted than she realized; she hadn’t been spacesick since she was a small child.
I recalled, ‘You started a honeymoon hotel in Earth orbit back then, didn’t you?’ His face clouded. ‘It went under. Most of the honeymooners got spacesick their first day in weightlessness. Horrible publicity. I went broke.’
High above Xiao was the squat cylinder of the station hub with docks on either end. The station felt still, despite all of it spinning ninety-four meters per second, the two nearby arms that connected the ring to the hub were insane skyscrapers, making her deliciously tiny. Saravit should see this, she thought, and laughed at herself, because Vit got space-sick every time he so much as went to a view-port.
H. Gernsback 'Ralph 124C41+'
Earliest cite in the OED: 1949
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