home star n.

the star which the homeworld orbits; cf. earlier home sun n.

  • 1939 C. D. Simak Cosmic Engineers in Astounding Science-Fiction Apr. 142/2 page image Clifford D. Simak bibliography

    Swinging in a great, erratic orbit on the very edge of this nebulalike mass of raw planetary matter was a planet, a planet which they recognized. One of the planets of their old home star, fourth out from the Sun. It had been stolen from their Sun, now was swinging in an orbit of its own.

  • 1951 P. Anderson Interloper in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Apr. 5 page image Poul Anderson bibliography

    My home star lies clear across the Galaxy, near the periphery; I will not at present be more specific than that.

  • 1965 P. Anderson Trader Team in Analog Science Fiction–Science Fact July 10/1 Poul Anderson bibliography

    Westward in a deep purplish sky, the sun stood at eternal late afternoon. It was a K0 dwarf, barely one-tenth as luminous as man’s home star, furnace red.

  • 1970 R. Silverberg Tower of Glass in Galaxy Magazine Apr. 120/2 Robert Silverberg bibliography

    ‘We have tracked the signals to their source,’ Vargas said. ‘I thought you would like to see their home star.’

  • 1974 G. Eklund & G. Benford If Stars are Gods in T. Carr Universe 4 129 Gregory Benford Gordon Eklund bibliography

    Among the stars of the universe, his place is not great, but as our home star, we must revere him.

  • 1982 ‘C. J. Cherryh’ Port Eternity 24 C. J. Cherryh bibliography

    I looked up from my position crouched against the bulkhead, looked at the screens, and there was nothing but black on them. We were in the safe area of our own home star and with traffic around us. There was no way anything ought to be going wrong, but G was pulling us and making the lights all over the boards blink red, red, red.

  • 1987 T. R. McDonough Architects of Hyperspace 211 Thomas R. McDonough bibliography

    ‘Now, we will show you their home.’ A nondescript red star floated in the center of the amphitheater, speckled with dark star spots. ‘This is their home star.’

  • 1989 N. Pollotta & P. Foglio Illegal Aliens x. 101 bibliography

    Finding no resistance at first, they established supply lines and built adamantine fortresses in every solar system that surrounded their home star. Along the way, the Gees began encountering other space-going races and, hesitantly at first, began forging mutual defense pacts. Eventually, more and more systems fell within their sphere of influence, and the process rapidly gained momentum.

  • 2010 Fangoria (#298) Nov. 65/2 page image

    Viras—that name actually refers to its alien villains' home star, not the enormous rubbery squid they eventually unleash—doesn’t introduce its giant foe until the final reel.

Research requirements

antedating 1939

Earliest cite

Clifford Simak, "The Cosmic Engineers"

Research History
Suggested by Randy Hoffman
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.
Douglas Winston submitted a 1989 cite from Nick Pollotta and Phil Foglio's "Illegal Aliens".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1967 cite from a reprint of Poul Anderson's "the Trouble Twisters", which Mike Christie verified in its 1965 first publication.
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 2000 reprint of C.J. Cherryh's "Port Eternity", which Mike Christie verified in its 1982 first publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from Michael Shaara's "All The Way Back".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from Poul Anderson's "Interloper".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1974 cite from Gordon Eklund and Greg Benford's "If The Stars Are Gods"
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1964 reprint of Clifford Simak's "The Cosmic Engineers": Mike Christie verified it in its first publication (serial in Astounding Science Fiction, January-April 1939)
Fred Galvin submitted a 1987 cite from Thomas R. McDonough's "The Architects of Hyperspace"

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