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 R. Payne Smith Science & 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.

  • 1876 E. Roth tr. J. Verne All Around the Moon xv. 264 page image bibliography

    If the Jovians and the rest have been able to quit their planets, they have probably succeeded in discovering the invisible sides of their satellites.

  • 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.
Clive Shergold submitted an 1876 cite from Edward Roth's translation of Jules Verne's All Around the Moon.

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