Terran n. 1

a native or inhabitant of Earth


  • 1935 R. Tooker Moon of Arcturus in Amazing Stories June xii. 67/1 page image Richard Tooker bibliography

    ‘Terran,’ cried the brain-woman. We have heard your plans. If it were not for that gentle emotion that has been instilled in us by these two Terran lovers, you would be worse than dead. Let me see the plaything in your hand, the toy of your feeble brain. Try its potency. Demonstrate the wizardry of your science. See! I have no weapon. I look and speak. That is all.’

  • 1940 V. Molesworth Space-Man Strikes Back in Horizons Apr. 12 page image Vol Molesworth

    He broke off as Dic gave a murderous oath, and snatched a weapon from his belt. Instantly, the lithe young Terran hurled himself at the Procyonan, and together they crashed to the ground.

  • 1944 L. Brackett Shadow Over Mars in Startling Stories Fall 46/1 page image Leigh Brackett bibliography

    Both Martians and Terrans have been given a slanderous but logical account of your actions and will probably shoot you on sight.

  • 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.

  • 1953 P. K. Dick Variable Man in Space Science Fiction Sept. 9/2 page image Philip K. Dick bibliography

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

  • 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 bibliography

    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 bibliography

    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 bibliography

    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 1935

Earliest cite

Richard Tooker, in Amazing

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".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1935 cite from Richard Tooker, in Amazing Stories.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1940 cite from Vol Molesworth.

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