Venusian n. 1

a native or inhabitant of the planet Venus


  • 1874 A. Blair Annals of the Twenty-Ninth Century, or, Autobiography of Tenth President of World Republic iii. iii. 56 page image Andrew Blair bibliography

    All the feats of gastronomy on the earth could not have created one-thousandth part of the interest which was engendered by the partaking of my first feast in this foreign planet. I suspected from the circumstances the frames of the Venusians were so constituted that sustenance was superfluous; but I afterwards found I was partly wrong. I learned nutrition formed such a subordinate function of their economy that they had only a very small refection once in the month.

  • 1897 J. Munro Trip to Venus ix. 173

    ‘The good of it?’ rejoined the Venusian; ‘it is beautiful, and gives us pleasure.’

  • 1924 J. M. Leahy Draconda in Weird Tales Mar. xxix. 62/1 page image John Martin Leahy bibliography

    [I]f this life is the only one, why were human beings placed on this planet that earth-men call Venus? That we find them on the two orbs proves that the Almighty placed them there, and it logically follows that He had some end in view (to use such inadequate phraseology because we have none better) when He created them Tellurians and Venusians. But what that end is—who can tell us that?

  • 1938 ‘P. Cross’ Master of Golden City in Amazing Stories June ii. 52/1 page image John Russell Fearn bibliography

    Dalaker smiled coldly. ‘Basically, I am a Venusian.’ Blake started to say something, then he laughed shortly. ‘Oh, cut it out, Dalaker! A Venusian! Anybody knows Venus is a hellish hot planet and—’ ‘El Dorado, too, is in quite a warm spot,’ Salaker observed, unmoved. ‘But—but— You mean all these people are Venusians?’

  • 1949 L. Brackett Queen of Martian Catacombs in Planet Stories Summer 10/1 page image Leigh Brackett bibliography

    It was on Luhar that his attention centered. Bitter memory and hatred had come to savage life within him as soon as he saw the Venusian. The man was handsome. A cashiered officer of the crack Venusian Guards, very slim, very elegant, his pale hair cropped short and curling, his dark tunic fitting him like a second skin.

  • 1958 F. Pohl Gentlest Unpeople in Galaxy Science Fiction June i. 68/1 page image Frederik Pohl bibliography

    Popagator merely smiled—well, no. He didn’t smile. He couldn’t; he had no lips to smile with, being only a Venusian and a scrawny, shrunken one at that. But he indicated polite amusement.

  • 1970 A. McCaffrey Ship who Sang (1991) i. 6 Anne McCaffrey

    She had…enjoyed a music appreciation course that had included…the curious rhythmic progressions of the Venusians, Capellan visual chromatics, the sonic concerti of the Altairians and Reticulan croons.

  • 1976 C. Holland Floating Worlds (1977) 275 Cecelia Holland bibliography

    The Venusian’s hearty voice boomed.

  • 1995 Interzone Aug. 19/2

    The belief that the Venusians are coming to save us from ourselves is simply an expression of people’s deep-rooted worries.

  • 2013 M. Resnick In Tombs of Martian Kings in Old Mars 230 page image Mike Resnick bibliography

    Scorpio marveled once again at how much the Venusian could eat, and how quickly he could digest it.

Research requirements

antedating 1874

Earliest cite

Andrew Blair, 'Annals of the 29th Century'

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from an undated reprint of Lewis Padgett's "The Iron Standard"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1943 first appearance.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2013 cite from Mike Resnick.

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