inhuman adj.

not human; alien


  • 1930 E. E. Smith Skylark Three in Amazing Stories Sept. 546/2 page image Edward E. Smith bibliography

    As the gigantic and inhuman brain was spread before them, DuQuesne and Loring read not only the language, customs, and culture of the Fenachrone, but all their plans for the future, as well as the events of the past.

  • 1940 Thrilling Wonder Stories Jan. 120/1

    In the light of present-day astronomical observations, we must admit that very few of the sun’s family members could conceivably sponsor human life. But how about inhuman life? Life especially adapted to the extremely unfavorable conditions, life that doesn’t exist as we know it.

  • 1946 J. Douglas Futura in Planet Comics Nov. 13

    Let me join your war against these inhuman great-heads….

  • 1947 ‘H. Hastings’ Big Night in Thrilling Wonder Stories June 54/2

    He shrugged, looking out beyond the crater’s rim with his inhuman, faceted eyes, at the glittering points of light which, for a little while, seemed to keep the Big Night at bay.

  • 1956 M. Z. Bradley Peace in Wilderness in Fantastic Universe July 77/1 Marion Zimmer Bradley bibliography

    Attributing all crimes of violence to the Pharigs made crime, in the public eye, equivalent to saying inhuman or alien, and destroyed the superficial glamor around crime and violence.

  • 2011 C. Miéville Embassytown xi. 206 page image China Miéville bibliography

    There was no thinking or strategy from the Hosts in those first days. I who was so used to glossing all their strangeness with special pleading—it’s some Ariekene thing, we wouldn’t understand— was aghast to become convinced that they were not indulging any inhuman strategy, but mindless addict need.

  • 2020 H. Green A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor 151 Hank Green bibliography

    I looked up and saw Carl, life in their eyes, reaching down their massive hand to me. It didn’t seem possible that they could fit in the space. They were immense and inhuman, but at least they were familiar. I reached both hands up to them, the real one and the new opalescent. They lifted me with that one hand and put me back on the bed.

Research requirements

antedating 1930

Earliest cite

Edward E. Smith, 'Skylark Three'

Research History
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1940 cite from Thrilling Wonder Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from "Hudson Hastings" (aka H. Kuttner and C.L. Moore) "The Big Night".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from John Douglas' "Futura".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from S. J. Byrne's "Colossus".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1930 cite from Edward E. Smith's "Skylark Three".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from Poul Anderson's "Interloper".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from J. T. M'Intosh's "Beggars All".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Peace in the Wilderness".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2011 cite from China Miéville's "Embassytown".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2020 cite from Hank Green.

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