Earth-normal adj.

similar to conditions (as of gravity or atmosphere) normally found on Earth; having conditions like those on Earth

  • 1949 I. Asimov Victory Unintentional in Invasion From Mars: Interplanetary Stories 147 Isaac Asimov

    They had six legs apiece, stumpy and thick, designed to lift tons against two and a half times normal Earth gravity. Their reflexes were that many times Earth-normal speed, to make up for the gravity.

  • 1952 Astounding Science Fiction Feb. 73/1

    None of us have to pretend that our living arrangements would keep us out of jail in Boston, or that they have to involve any Earth-normal excuses.

  • 1952 R. A. Heinlein Letter 16 July in R. A. Heinlein & V. Heinlein Grumbles from Grave (1990) 224 Robert A. Heinlein

    He has never felt full earth-normal gravity. Absolutely everything about Earth is strange to him.

  • 1956 M. Lesser Meet Miss Solar System in Fantastic Universe Apr. 53/2 Milton Lesser

    They'd rigged up a force-field on Eros, holding out the black cold of interplanetary space and holding in Earth-normal atmosphere and artificial gravity for the benefit of the Chairman of the Board of Judges.

  • 1956 R. A. Heinlein Double Star in Astounding Science Fiction Feb. 11/1 Robert A. Heinlein

    There are a dozen other details which can’t be set down in words; the point is you have to be a spaceman when you do it, with a spaceman’s alert body and unconscious balance—you have to live it. A city man blunders along on smooth floors all his life, steady floors with Earth-normal gravity, and will trip over a cigarette paper, like as not. Not so a spaceman.

  • 1993 V. E. Mitchell Windows on Lost World ii. 12 V. E. Mitchell bibliography

    And it wasn’t because a planet deviated from the Earth-normal conditions of the Enterprise.

  • 1993 V. E. Mitchell Windows on Lost World ix. 126 V. E. Mitchell bibliography

    The creature had three triangular teeth that could have…broken the carapace of an Earth-normal crab.

  • 1997 W. Shatner Avenger vi. 45 William Shatner

    The designers…had specified a cylindrical aquarium, with an Earth-normal saltwater environment.

  • 2011 J. C. Wright Count to a Trillion viii. 147 page image John C. Wright bibliography

    We are somewhat apart in age, out of synch, as her body, born in space, could not adjust properly to earth[-]normal conditions, and years she spent in ageless slumber while a cure was sought.

Research requirements

antedating 1932

Earliest cite

John W. Campbell, Jr., 'The Electronic Siege'

Research History
Jeff Prucher submitted a cite from a 2002 reprint of Theodore Sturgeon's 1956 "The Skills of Xanadu".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1953 reprint of Hugh Frazier Parker's 1943 "The Sword of Johnny Damokles".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1996 reprint of Raymond Z. Gallun's 1935 "Derelict".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1949 reprint of Isaac Asimov's 1942 "Victory Unintentional".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1932 cite from John W. Campbell, Jr.'s "The Electronic Siege".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from Idris Seabright's "The Altruists".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from James Blish's "Bridge".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Milton Lesser's "Meet Miss Solar System"
. Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1957 reprint of Robert A. Heinlein's 1956 "Double Star".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1973 reprint of Lin Carter's 1972 "Black Legion of Callisto".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2011 cite from John C. Wright.

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