spacewards adv.

towards space; away from the local planet

Also spaceward

  • 1872 Scribner's Monthly Mar. 624/2

    If their voices do, perforce, go up, will they be lost in the clatter of machinery, or whirled spaceward by aërial propellers?

  • 1937 P. E. Cleator in Thrilling Wonder Stories Aug. (title) page image P. E. Cleator bibliography


  • 1949 ‘R. Lafayette’ Plague in Astounding Science Fiction Apr. 8/1 L. Ron Hubbard

    At 11:67 [sic] the Star of Space lifted from her cradle, hovered and then slowly rose spacewards, doomed.

  • 1988 A. C. Clarke 2061: Odyssey Three 155 Arthur C. Clarke

    Most of the passengers, accustomed to climbing spacewards with no visible means of support, reacted with considerable shock.

Research requirements

antedating 1872

Research History
Also 'spaceward'.

Enoch Forrester submitted a 1939 cite from Malcolm Jameson's "A Question of Salvage".
Mike Christie submitted a 1949 cite from René Lafayette's "Plague".
Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of Clifford Simak's "Time and Again"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1950 first magazine appearance.
Enoch Forrester located a cite in Frank Herbert's "Dune Messiah"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1969 first magazine appearance.
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1956 cite from Jerry Sohl's "The Mars Monopoly".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1972 cite from Alan Dean Foster's "The Tar-Aiym Krang".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1977 cite from Colin Kapp's "The Chaos Weapon".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1937 factual article in Thrilling Wonder Stories, 'Spaceward' by P.E. Cleator
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1964 reprint of Clifford Simak's "The Cosmic Engineers" which MIke Christie verified in its 1939 first publication. -- from the adj. entry: Also 'spaceward'.

Mike Christie submitted a 1941 cite from Clifford Simak's "Masquerade".
Mike Christie submitted a 1942 cite from Will Stewart's "Minus Sign".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1998 cite from Diane Duane's "Starrise at Corrivale".
Ralf Brown located, and Douglas Winston and Lawrence Watt-Evans independently submitted, a cite from a reprint of Robert Silverberg's "Tower of Glass"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1970 first magazine appearance.
Jeff Prucher submitted a cite from a 2000 reprint of Ann McCaffrey & Mercedes Lackey's 1992 "The Ship wWho Searched".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1962 cite from J.G.Ballard's "Thirteen to Centaurus".

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