the planet Earth
Now, let us suppose ourselves philosophers come, we will say, form the planet Jupiter, on a mission intrusted to us by the Jovians, to examine and report upon the nature of the creatures which people the four inferior planets, Terra, Venus, Mercury, and Mars.
Well, after all, if you find the United States, or even the planet Terra, too small for you, we’ve always got the fields of Space open to us. We might take a trip across the Zodiac or down the Milky Way.
On the 201st day of the year 3214 A.D., the professor of history at the University of Terra seated himself in front of the Visaphone and prepared to deliver the daily lecture to his class, the members of which resided in different portions of the earth.
While she spoke they were mounting high in the air. She turned and looked him squarely in the eyes. ‘Grandon of Terra…have you deceived me? Are you of Olba and not of Mignor?’
The Earth-man first thought of giving the name of Rogi Thaddor, and was on the point of doing so, but checked himself in time when he remembered that these men apparently did not know him, and replied: ‘I am Grandon of Terra, and was taking my evening exercise on the fern-rope when you interrupted me.’
And after you tell us dummies what to do to save Beloved Terra, come on back and we’ll have a beer.
Belike, I thought, when Scripture mentioned the four corners of the world, it did not mean our planet Terra at all, but referred to a cubical universe.
I was given the honor of attending you because of my experience with other visitors from offworld, the ambassadors from Terra and from Hain.
Perhaps it is still spawning out new races of Homo Wettersis, as a part of Old Terra once did.
He had hoped to be able to train Islamic researchers to handle this particular cultural and religious terra, but had not been allowed enough time.
They had bug-eyed monsters on the cover of Scientific American and little green men chasing each other across the news on every trivee screen on Terra.
Terran stock markets were ballooning hysterically to mark the action, with no end in sight, despite the fact that Mars could only provide Terra with certain metals in certain quantities.
Christ was a religious prophet from an even earlier era, very popular on Terra for several thousand years.
R. Payne Smith, 'Science and Revelation'
Earliest cite in the OED: 1947. We would like cites between 1891 and 1927, as well as any antedatings.
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