Solarian n. 2

a native or inhabitant of the Earth’s solar system

In many cases, it is impossible to tell whether the examples refer to inhabitants of the solar system or of the sun itself (at Solarian n. 1). Ambiguous citations are listed in this entry.


  • 1930 J. W. Campbell Black Star Passes in Amazing Stories Quarterly Fall 521/2 John W. Campbell, Jr. bibliography

    The small ships of the Nigrians were beginning to take a terrific toll in the thin ranks of the Solarians. The coming of the Rocket Squad had been welcomed indeed! They were able to maneuver as quickly as the enemy; the little ships, all one-man ships, were harder to spot than the Solarian ten and twenty-man ships. The Solarian one-man ships were even smaller than the Nigrian one-man ships, and some of these did a tremendous amount of damage.

  • 1930 J. W. Campbell Metal Horde in Amazing Stories Apr. 11/1 page image John W. Campbell, Jr.

    The Solarians…had twenty billions to back them up, and they had the resources of three planets.

  • 1937 ‘E. Binder’ Blue Beam of Pestilence in Amazing Stories Dec. 129/2 page image

    Know this then, Solarians…. We saw your system and coveted it, for it is very like our own, sun, planets and all.

  • 1950 H. B. Fyfe In Value Deceived in Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 41/2 page image H. B. Fyfe bibliography

    Out of politeness, they permitted the red-topped Solarian to lead them to another compartment. Here, he displayed various wares. The Olittrans noted that the Solarian objects ran mostly to gadgets and precision instruments, while things they had obtained by trading were in many cases minerals.

  • 1952 P. Anderson Captive of Centaurianess in Planet Stories Mar. 23/1 Poul Anderson bibliography

    I thought you vere too, but it seems like you Solarians are more backvard than I supposed.

  • 1955 P. Anderson Long Way Home in Astounding Science Fiction July 146/1 Poul Anderson bibliography

    The Solarians are going to be on us in a minute. I like them even less than you, so let’s settle our own differences later, shall we?

  • 1969 ‘L. del Rey’ If…and When in Worlds of If July 133/1 page image Lester del Rey bibliography

    [The aliens] haven’t yet found the hyperdrive, discovered three years before on Terra, and our brave Solarians can easily outmaneuvered [sic] them.

Research requirements

antedating 1930

Earliest cite

John W. Campbell, Jr., 'The Metal Horde'

Research History
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1955 cite from a reprint of Poul Anderson's "The Long Way Home" which Mike Christie verified in the original (earlier) 1955 publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1930 cite from John W. Campbell, Jr.'s "The Black Star Passes".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from Poul Anderson's "Captive of the Centaurianess".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from H. B. Fyfe's "In Value Deceived".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Charles A. Stearns's "The Golden Ones".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Bryce Walton's "Princess of Chaos".

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