UFO n.

an unidentified flying object; a ‘flying saucer’

SF Encyclopedia


  • 1953 D. E. Keyhoe in Air Line Pilot Oct. 9/3

    The UFO was estimated to be between 12,000 and 20,000 feet above the jets.

  • 1968 D. C. Fontana Tomorrow is Yesterday in J. Blish Star Trek 2 (1968) 28 D. C. Fontana

    We're tracking both you and the UFO.

  • 1989 Omni Aug. 81/2

    It somebody asked me how to make a tiny town nobody has ever heard of internationally famous, I'd say, ‘Announce that you’re going to build a landing site for UFOs.’

  • 1991 A. D. Foster Cat.a.lyst xii. 180 Alan Dean Foster

    An invasion! Real UFOs!

  • 1993 SFRA Rev. Jan. 37

    Brosnan doubts the conventional wisdom that every monster, alien, and UFO in 1950s films represented either nuclear weapons or Communism.

  • 1993 Omni Oct. 113/1

    The youngster began a lifelong quest to learn about UFOs.

  • 1995 C. Carter Truth is out There: Official Guide to The X Files The Episodes: Season 1 102 Chris Carter

    Later they see two darting lights in the night sky, then go to the Flying Saucer Cafe—looking for ‘UFO nuts’—where Mulder sees a picture of a UFO that looks uncannily like a shot supposedly taken in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.

  • 2014 S. Coonts Saucer: Savage Planet ii. 25 Stephen Coonts bibliography

    Charlotte ‘Charley’ Pine, thirty-one years old, had been a civilian member of an air force UFO team that investigated the Sahara saucer, and she was the one who flew it away when armed thugs tried to confiscate it.


Research requirements

antedating 1953

Earliest cite

D. E. Keyhoe in 'Air Line Pilot' Oct.

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