Jovian n. 1

a native or inhabitant of the planet Jupiter


  • 1869 Dundee Courier & Argus 2 Sept. 3/3

    His notion is to mount a great mirror upon the earth, and give flashing signals to Mars and Jupiter. He thinks that if these are repeated regularly, in batches of a certain number, the Martians or the Jovians, as the case may be, will come to discern that they mean something, and will return them; and that thus a code will be eventually agreed upon, so that we may talk across the solar system just as we do across a field.

  • 1871 Science & Revelation Science and Revelation 155

    Now, let us suppose ourselves philosophers come, we will say, from the planet Jupiter, on a mission intrusted to us by the Jovians, to examine and report upon the nature of the creatures which people the four inferior planets, Terra, Venus, Mercury, and Mars.

  • 1891 N.-Y. Times May 17 1/5

    In other words, it is a full description of the Jovians.

  • 1932 J. W. Campbell Space Rays in Wonder Stories Dec. 586/1 page image John W. Campbell, Jr. bibliography

    Barclay was a type of man seen rather rarely on the minor planets. He was a Jovian.

  • 1948 B. Walton Design for Doomsday in Planet Stories Spring 112/1 page image Bryce Walton bibliography

    No Jovian had ever visited another world in the System, and vice versa. They were neutrals with a strict mutual code of hands off with all other planets.

  • 1956 R. A. Heinlein Double Star (1957) 127 Robert A. Heinlein

    I was knocked out the first time when we finally put the eetees—Venerians and Martians and Outer Jovians—into the Grand Assembly. But the nonhuman peoples are still there and I came back.

  • 1980 Asimov’s Science Fiction July 73

    The robots are taken by the Jovians to be humans, and prove so superior to the Jovians that the Jovian superiority complex crumbles.

  • 2003 N. Spinrad On Books: Content, Consciousness, Style in Asimov’s Science Fiction July 133/2 page image Norman Spinrad bibliography

    The thematic essence of ‘Call Me Joe’ is the stepwise transformation of the protagonist’s consciousness from that of a human inside the body of a Jovian to that of a human become a Jovian on a psychological, moral, and even spiritual level.

Research requirements

antedating 1869

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a cite that is from 1891 or earlier, from a reprint of Richard Proctor's "Other Worlds Than Ours"; however, the 1874 edition was checked and does not contain "Jovian".
Roberto Labanti submitted a cite from a news item "Wiggins as a Novelist" in the New York Times, May 7 1891.
Roberto Labanti submitted a cite from the published text of a lecture "Science and Revelation" by R. Payne Smith. (This was an American reprint of the 1871 english edition: we would be interested in verifying cites from the original publication, "Science and Scepticism: A Course of lectures delivered at the request of the Christian Evidence Society...", ed. The Christian Evidence Society, Hodder & Stoughton, 1871).
Garson O'Toole submitted the 1869 cite.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2003 cite from Norman Spinrad.

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