Terran n. 1

a native or inhabitant of the planet Earth


  • 1946 G. O. Smith Pattern for Conquest in Astounding Science Fiction Apr. 10/2 page image George O. Smith bibliography

    If the Terran were less clumsy, he might well be more difficult for Kregar.

  • 1946 G. O. Smith Pattern for Conquest in Astounding Science Fiction May 132/1 page image George O. Smith bibliography

    The mission, not entirely understood by the Terrans, consists of destroying a machine sent forth by the Loard-vogh, a race that is conquering the Galaxy.

  • 1953 P. K. Dick in Space Science Fiction Sept. 9/2 Philip K. Dick

    Through the windows of his office, Reinhart could see endless buildings and streets, Terrans hurrying back and forth.

  • 1955 A. Norton Star Guard (1973) 26 Andre Norton

    Would the Agents' repeated argument have proved true? Would the Terrans, unchecked, have pulled planet after planet into a ruthless struggle for power?

  • 1962 M. Z. Bradley Sword of Aldones i. 7 Marion Zimmer Bradley bibliography

    It was amazing, how many Terrans still thought of Darkover as a feudal or barbarian planet.

  • 1968 S. E. Whitfield in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ ii. v. 224 bibliography

    The personalities of Vulcans and Terrans are not normally compatible.

  • 1974 U. K. Le Guin Dispossessed (1975) iii. 57 Ursula K. Le Guin

    The Hainish call it materialism, and the Terrans call it mysticism.

  • 1984 M. Z. Bradley World Wreckers 15 Marion Zimmer Bradley bibliography

    Shortly after he had assumed the position as chief liaison man between the Terrans and his own people, he had come to live in a house near the edge of the Terran Zone.

  • 1992 P. David Imzadi i. 6 Peter David bibliography

    She passed her associate coordinator, Harry, who didn’t seem to notice her. A muscular and dark-hued terran.

  • 1996 Linguistics & Science Fiction Sept. 3/1

    Neither Gary Whitta nor any other Terran…has any way of knowing whether a given piece of Klingon music is or isn’t ‘out of tune.’

  • 1996 K. S. Robinson Blue Mars 152 Kim Stanley Robinson

    It was precisely the Terrans who showed an intense interest in Mars who were the most troubling to contemplate: certain metanat executives whose corporations had invested heavily in Martian terraformation; also certain national representatives from heavily populated countries, who would no doubt be very happy to have a place to send large numbers of their people.

  • 2006 S. M. Stirling Sky People iv. 99 S. M. Stirling

    A couple of skinny pigs closed in on the refuse after the Terrans went by, snapping at a local who kicked at one of them.

Research requirements

antedating 1946

Earliest cite

G. O. Smith 'Pattern for Conquest'

Research History
Jeff Wolfe submitted a cite from a reprint of H. Beam Piper's "Ullr Uprising". Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1953 magazine version.
Rick Hauptmann submitted a cite from the 1965 first edition of Poul Anderson's "Agent of the Terran Empire"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1951 magazine version.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from George O. Smith's "Pattern for Conquest".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1973 reprint of Andre Norton's 1955 "Star Guard".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of Philip K. Dick's "The Variable Man"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1953 first magazine appearance.
Doug Winston submitted a 2002 cite from S. L. Viehl's "Eternity Row".

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