Earthward adv.

toward Earth

  • 1898 H. G. Wells The War of the Worlds I. i. 10 page image H. G. Wells bibliography

    And, all unsuspected, those missiles the Martians had fired at us drew earthward, rushing now at a pace of many miles a second through the empty gulf of space, hour by hour and day by day, nearer and nearer.

  • 1933 J. Williamson Salvage in Space in Astounding Stories of Super-Science Mar. 14/1 page image Jack Williamson bibliography

    Only one legible entry did he find, that on a page torn from the book, which somehow had escaped destruction. Dated five months before, it gave the position of the vessel and her bearings—she was then just outside Jupiter’s orbit, Earthward bound—and concluded with a remark of sinister implications.

  • 1934 D. Wandrei Colossus in Astounding Stories Jan. ii. 48/2 page image Donald Wandrei bibliography

    Almost regretfully, he sent the White Bird flying Earthward, and the crag-strewn, jagged, white ruin of the Moon’s surface fell swiftly away, paled into softer outline, until once again, like a silver disk in the sky, it floated glowing and lovely and bathed in soft radiance.

  • 1947 ‘M. Leinster’ Skit-Tree Planet in Thrilling Wonder Stories April 49/2 page image Murray Leinster bibliography

    The Galloping Cow, in fact, exactly fitted her name by her outward appearance, as she galloped Earthward through emptiness.

  • 1947 J. Williamson Equalizer in Astounding Science Fiction Mar. i. 6/1 page image Jack Williamson bibliography

    Interstellar Task Force One was Earthward bound, from twenty years at space.

  • 1969 R. C. Meredith We All Died At Breakaway Station in Amazing Stories Mar. 85/2 Richard C. Meredith

    Call it a hunch, or call it clairvoyance, call it whatever you like, yet Absolom Bracer somehow knew that they had lasted long enough, somehow new that the single Jillie warship off Breakaway had not been enough to destroy the station, somehow knew that Admiral Mothershed’s report had reached Port Abell and was even then being beamed Earthward.

  • 2015 S. Williams Hollowgirl lviii. 448 page image Sean Williams bibliography

    The window darkened automatically, allowing her to make out a powerful yellow beam stabbing Earthward from a point low on the southern horizon, lighting up the borehole station as though it was in a spotlight. She frowned.

Research requirements

antedating 1898

Earliest cite

H. G. Wells, "War of the Worlds"

Research History
Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1985 reprint of Richard C. Meredith's 1969 "We All Died at Breakaway Station" which Mike Christie verified in its first publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1945 cite from "Thornecliffe Herrick" in Planet Comics.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1974 cite from a reprint of Donald Wandrei's 1934 "Colossus"; Jesse Sheidlower verified it in its original publication in Astounding Stories, January 1934
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from Murray Leinster's "Skit-Tree Planet".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Bernard I. Kahn's "For the Public".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from Jack Williamson's "The Equalizer".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1950 reprint of E. E. Smith's "Galactic Patrol", which first appeared in 1937-1938; Mike Christie checked the first publication and found that the term does not occur there.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1975 cite from a reprint of Jack Williamson's 1933 "Salvage in Space"; Jesse Sheidlower verified this in the story's first appearance in the March 1933 Astounding Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1939 cite for "earthwards" from "Valley of Pretenders", by "Dennis Clive" (a pseudonym of John Russell Fearn).
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a cite from H. G. Wells's "War of the Worlds".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2015 cite from Sean Williams.

OED3 does not distinguish the sense 'toward the ground' from 'toward the planet Earth'; there are 17th-century examples referring to Earth in contrast with Heaven, but we are not including those here.

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