space-going adj.

that travels in space

  • 1932 C. D. Simak Mutiny on Mercury in Wonder Stories Mar. 1174/1 page image Clifford D. Simak bibliography

    It was plainly up to him to destroy the transport. It was too dangerous to leave it in the hands of the mutineers. With it, they could leave Mercury. It was the only space-going ship on the planet.

  • 1942 T. Sturgeon Medusa in Astounding Science-Fiction Feb. 84/1 page image Theodore Sturgeon bibliography

    I shook myself and snapped out of it. I was dreaming myself into a case of the purple willies. If I couldn’t keep my head on my shoulders aboard this spacegoing padded cell, then who would? Who else could?

  • 1946 G. O. Smith Pattern for Conquest in Astounding Science-Fiction Apr. 45/1 George O. Smith bibliography

    And bringing up the rear were the myriad upon myriad of supply ships, replacement carriers, machine-shop craft, and even space-going foundries.

  • 1966 G. R. Dickson In the Bone in Worlds of If Oct. 142/2 page image Gordon R. Dickson bibliography

    Harry had been trained for all conceivable situations, including an encounter with other intelligent, space-going life.

  • 1973 A. D. Foster Bloodhype 2 Alan Dean Foster bibliography

    The Vom now tried to attract the ships of another species, but space-going races were scarce in this section of the galaxy.

  • 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.

  • 1992 A. McCaffrey & M. Lackey Ship Who Searched i. 2 Anne McCaffrey Mercedes Lackey

    That had given him a window of opportunity for a little shore leave, in a base-town that catered to some fairly heavy space-going traffic, and he had taken it.

  • 1994 R. Silverberg Hot Sky at Midnight 2 Robert Silverberg bibliography

    The place was nothing but an enormous spacegoing safe house.

  • 2003 T. Easton Reference Library in Analog Science Fiction & Fact Jan. 130/1 Thomas A. Easton

    The old home world is bursting with people, every scrap of energy and greenery managed for human benefit, and it has long since put its spacegoing ambitions behind.

Research requirements

antedating 1932

Earliest cite

Clifford D. Simak, in Wonder Stories

Research History
Jeff Prucher submitted a cite from an article by Peter Nicholls in a reprinted edition of the Clute/Nicholls' Encyclopedia of SF; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1993 first edition.
Jeff Prucher submitted a 2000 cite from a reprint of Anne McCaffery and Mercedes Lackey's 1992 "The Ship Who Searched".
Ralf Brown located a cite in an electronic text of Alan Dean Foster's 1973 "Bloodhype", and David Dyer-Bennet verified it in a paper copy.
Mike Christie submitted a 2003 cite from Tom Easton's reviw column, "The Reference Library"
Mike Christie submitted an April 1946 cite from George O. Smith's "Pattern for Conquest".
Mike Christie submitted a 1948 cite from Joseph Farrell's "The Hero".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1944 cite from "Double-Cross on Mars" by Sgt. Gerald Vance (The ISFDB lists this pseudonym as used by a couple of authors; this story is probably by William P. McGivern).
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1942 cite from Theodore Sturgeon.

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