space armor n.

= space suit n., esp. such a suit designed to protect the wearer during combat in space

  • 1932 R. Z. Gallun Revolt of Star Men in Wonder Stories Quarterly Winter 241/2 page image Raymond Z. Gallun bibliography

    It must have been over two hours later that a huge torpedo set in motion by the forces of the Black Emperor, struck the ship. The explosion rolled her completely over, and tore a jagged though not disabling hole in her side. The air puffed out from the control room compartment, but the men who labored so feverishly there, were clad in heavy space armor, and aside from being badly bruised they were unhurt.

  • 1933 J. Williamson Salvage in Space in Astounding Stories Super-Science Mar. 6/1 page image Jack Williamson bibliography

    His โ€˜planetโ€™ was the smallest in the solar system, and the loneliest, Thad Allen was thinking, as he straightened wearily in the huge, bulging, inflated fabric of his Osprey space armor.

  • 1935 R. Z. Gallun Derelict in Astounding Stories Oct. 25/1 page image Raymond Z. Gallun bibliography

    With what might have been a fragment of his old active spirit, Jan Van Tyren donned space armor.

  • 1938 M. W. Wellman Men against Stars in Astounding Science-Fiction June 16/2 page image Manly Wade Wellman bibliography

    In the midst of the old manโ€™s speech he had backed out into the vestibule and turned down the hallway to an airlock. There hung space-armor, into which he fairly plunged, making its metal-mounted fabric airtight with a single tug of the seal-zipper. On went metal-shod sandals, the heavy girdle that supported oxygen tank and breathing apparatus, and the helmet, a transparent globe clouded against the pitiless sunrays of space.

  • 1946 G. O. Smith Pattern for Conquest in Astounding Science Fiction May 166/1 page image George O. Smith bibliography

    Seventeen million of the Loard-vogh died in the Battle of Sol, and more than half of them perished because Terran spores crept into chinks in their space armor. Chinks so small that they do not permit loss of air to space.

  • 1950 J. H. Schmitz Truth About Cushgar in Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 24/1 page image James H. Schmitz bibliography

    If Iโ€™d looked up that moment sooner, Iโ€™d have seen what they were like, even in space armorโ€”human or what.

  • 1952 P. Anderson Garden in Void in Galaxy Science Fiction May 134/1 Poul Anderson bibliography

    The space armor was awkward and bulky, a model which had been obsolete long before Hardesty left Earth, and its metal was patched and battered. There was no air-tank. A thick-leafed vine coiled around the square old-fashioned helmet, across the shoulders and down the back, like ivy on an ancient university building.

  • 1961 P. Anderson Hiding Place in Analog Science Fact & Fiction Mar. 125/2 Poul Anderson bibliography

    But at the end of the grace period, when Torrance was issuing space armor, Yamamure reported something new.

  • 1992 A. McCaffrey & M. Lackey Ship Who Searched iii. 74 Anne McCaffrey Mercedes Lackey bibliography

    It looked like his legs and waist were encased in the bottom half of space armor!

  • 2014 D. Abnett Steal the Galaxy! xiv. 111 page image Dan Abnett bibliography

    I doubt the Spaceknight is in any real degree stronger than either of them, nor is his matte black space-armor significantly more durable than their gravimetrically shielded bodies.

Research requirements

antedating 1932

Earliest cite

Raymond Z. Gallun, The Revolt of the Star Men

Research History
Jeff Prucher submitted a 2000 cite from a reprint of Anne McCaffery and Mercedes Lackey's 1992 "The Ship Who Searched".
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1998 cite from Elizabeth Moon's "Rules of Engagement".
Mike Christie submitted a 1966 cite from a reprint of Poul Anderson's 1961 "Hiding Place".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1950 reprint of E. E. Smith's "Galactic Patrol".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from Poul Anderson's "Garden in the Void".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from James H. Schmitz's "The Truth about Cushgar".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite from Murray Leinster's "Planet of Sand".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1958 reprint of Manly Wade Wellman's 1938 "Men Against the Stars"; Mike Christie verified it in the original publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1996 reprint of Raymond Z. Gallun's 1935 "Derelict"; Mike Christie verified it in the first publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from George O. Smith's "Pattern for Conquest".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1975 reprint of Jack Williamson's 1933 "Salvage in Space"; Mike Christie verified it in the first magazine appearance in the March 1933 Astounding Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1950 reprint of Clifford D. Simak's 1939 "Cosmic Engineers".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1939 cite from Nelson S. Bond's "The Mercurian Menace".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1932 cite from Raymond Z. Gallun's "The Revolt of the Star Men"
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2014 cite from Dan Abnett.

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