space tan n.
a tan caused by being in space, exposed to the light of stars unfiltered by planetary atmospheres
Talbot flushed under his space tan.
Reverse Universe in Astounding Stories June 10/2
Under his space tan the blood seemed to recede from Matthews' face.
Schedule in Astounding Science-Fiction June 65/1
The skin of his wrinkled face was nearly black with space-tan.
Big Night in Thrilling Wonder Stories June 40/2
It was a younger version of himself at the door, with narrower shoulders, a paler face (Paul was proud of his heavy space-tan).
Look Homeward, Spaceman in Amazing Stories Aug. 64/2
In spite of the space tan, I could see him blush.
When You Giffle in Worlds of Tomorrow Dec. 105/2
The skin of his hands and face was very dark, the space tan of a starfarer, but on the less exposed parts of his body it was ivory-white.
Dread Companion (1984) 140
He had a pleasant voice, his ship-suit was well cut to a tall lean frame, his features were regular but without a distinguishing imperfection; his medium length dark hair complimented a space tan.
I was ten centimeters taller, wider, she was thinner, wouldn’t have seemed possible, her dark skin gone that dull space-tan.
Twelve & Tag in Asimov’s Science Fiction Mar. 59/1
Nat Schachner, "Reverse Universe"
Research HistoryMike Christie submitted a 1984 cite from a reprint of Andre Norton's 1970 "Dread Companion".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from Hudson Hastings' "The Big Night".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from "Calvin Knox" (i.e. Robert Silverberg)'s "Look Homeward, Spaceman".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1963 cite from "L.J. Stecher"'s "When You Giffle".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from an undated reprint of Harry Walton's "Schedule"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1945 first appearance.
Mike Christie submitted a 1942 cite from Will Stewart's "Collision Orbit".
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1936 cite from Nat Schachner's "Reverse Universe".
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