unable or unwilling to leave a planet
You planet-bound people build your four little walls of thought and roof them in with convention, and you think there’s nothing else. But space is big, and there are other worlds, and other ways.
That wasn’t too surprising, since the Terrestrial Empire and the half-dozen other civilized states in the known Galaxy ruled over several thousands of intelligent races and had some contact with nobody knew how many thousands more. Many of the others were, of course, still planet-bound, but quite a few tribes along the Imperial borders had mastered a lot of human technology without changing their fundamental outlook on things.
And as Ulphi’s entire population was planet-bound by congenital space-fear, the skiff would provide any required amount of transportation, while serving principally as living quarters and a work-office.
Conceivably, the cosmic histories will look upon the First Era of any intelligent race as the planetbound era, and consider the Second Era begun only when the race has lifted itself by the bootstraps up through the planet’s gravitational field and into space beyond its atmosphere.
She waited, alert, lest the instability of the spaceport field became too critical for her to remain planetbound.
Her brother Kohan was still fit enough, planet-bound as he was and not gifted with the time-stretch of jump.
It would die without us and we would be planetbound without it.
She understood that to the starfolk the journey didn’t take all that long, only a few months, but to the planetbound the journey took almost forever.
He captained a ship, but in the old-fashioned way—not as a hands-on pilot, but as a planetbound owner, who told others what to do.
We lived disguised as humans and rarely used our abilities to shape-shift or Charm people. Mom insisted that we behave as proper, civilized gumiho so we wouldn’t get in trouble with our fellow steaders, planet-bound residents of Jinju.
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