Terran adj.

of or pertaining to the Earth or its inhabitants


  • 1946 G. O. Smith Pattern for Conquest in Astounding Science Fiction Mar. 9/1 page image George O. Smith bibliography

    His family could trace its line back to the first group of Terran colonists that braved the rigors of Martian life before technology created a Martian world that was reasonably well adapted for human life.

  • 1953 Cosmos Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine Nov. 83

    A chant rose to assail his ears, and the steady beat of a drum thundered in the Terran night.

  • 1958 R. Silverberg Invaders from Earth (1987) xii. 113 Robert Silverberg

    Twenty minutes after he had left the Terran outpost he saw what could only be the alien village.

  • 1962 M. Z. Bradley Planet Savers in Planet Savers/Sword of Aldones (1982) i. 8 Marion Zimmer Bradley bibliography

    During the last epidemic, a Terran scientist discovered a blood fraction containing antibodies against the fever.

  • 1970 J. Blish Spock must Die! xiv. 106 James Blish

    A spot which represented the mightiest machine ever conceived by Terran humanity.

  • 1978 G. Eklund Starless World i. 2 Gordon Eklund

    Mr. Spock, his Vulcan first officer, whose knowledge of Terran literature was immense.

  • 1984 D. Duane My Enemy, my Ally i. 6 Diane Duane bibliography

    She had been distastefully fascinated to find the word’s meaning rooted in some weird Terran story of twin brothers abandoned in the wild.

  • 1990 β€˜J. Tiptree, Jr.’ Color of Neanderthal Eyes 19 James Tiptree, Jr.

    It has occurred to me that some Terran mammals, like rabbits, will give birth parthenogenetically if stimulated by saline water.

  • 1993 K. S. Robinson Red Mars iii. 120 Kim Stanley Robinson bibliography

    So they had been on Mars for half a Martian year. Phyllis was using the calendar devised by planetary scientists; among the colonists it was becoming more common than the Terran system.

  • 1993 K. S. Robinson Green Mars (new ed.) 13 Kim Stanley Robinson

    Of course, all the genetic templates for our new biota are Terran; the minds designing them are Terran, but the terrain is Martian.

  • 1995 A. Thomson Color of Distance (1999) x. 134 Amy Thomson

    Only eight of them had word-equivalents in any of the Terran languages she knew.

  • 2001 Locus June 25/2

    The peculiar difficulties of alien/terran interaction seem to be a popular theme lately.

Research requirements

antedating 1946

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Astounding.

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