vacuum suit n.

= space suit n.

  • 1926 G. P. Wertenbaker The Man from the Atom in Amazing Stories Apr. 64/2 page image G. Peyton Wertenbaker bibliography

    The Professor next placed the transparent head gear over my head and secured it with attachments to my vacuum suit.

  • 1930 E. E. Smith Skylark Three in Amazing Stories Sept. 543/2 page image Edward E. Smith bibliography

    They were wearing vacuum suits and were very short and stocky, giving the impression of enormous strength.

  • 1930 Amazing Stories Sept. 545/1

    As Loring held the steel vessel close to the stranger, DuQuesne donned avacuum suit and stepped into the airlock.

  • 1930 E. E. Smith Skylark Three in Amazing Stories Sept. 545/1 page image Edward E. Smith bibliography

    As Loring held the steel vessel close to the stranger, DuQuesne donned a vacuum suit and stepped into the airlock.

  • 1947 R. Abernathy Failure on Titan in Planet Stories Winter 61/1 Robert Abernathy

    He removed the helmet, set it carelessly on the desk-top, and, turning, began to unzip his vacuum suit.

  • 1948 H. B. Fyfe Bureau of Slick Tricks in Astounding Science Fiction Dec. 76/2

    ‘But this gentleman in the rather crude vacuum suit wished to inquire about them.’ He turned to the metallic bulk, which exchanged a series of whistles with him. The alien turned and lumbered away.

  • 1949 H. Kuttner Time Axis Jan. xiv. 50/1 Henry Kuttner

    I passed an Exploratory Station and took a minute to go in and grab a vacuum suit. Carrying it, I headed for a gate in the great dome that covered the city.

  • 1955 ‘M. Leinster’ Scrimshaw in Astounding Science Fiction Sept. 137 Murray Leinster

    His vacuum suit went slack about him.

  • 1955 ‘M. Leinster’ Scrimshaw in Astounding Science Fiction Sept. 131 Murray Leinster

    There was a warning-bell in the shack, and when a rocketship from Lunar City got above the horizon and could send a tight beam, the gong clanged loudly, and Pop got into a vacuum-suit and went out the air lock.

  • 1988 K. Tyers Fusion Fire vii. 64

    Polar wandered back toward the star-filled projection tank beside Adiyn’s long desk, his black mood enveloping him like a vacuum suit.

  • 1990 B. Shaw Orbitsville Departure 103 Bob Shaw

    Although it was the most over-publicised object in the globe, he paused before the heroic bronze which depicted a man clad in a vacuum suit of a design which had been in service two centuries earlier.

  • 1998 D. Drake With Lightnings 394 David Drake

    Daniel had vanished toward the bridge while Adele with the help of two sailors was still getting out of her vacuum suit.

  • 2002 D. Weber Excalibur Alternative xi. 258 David Weber

    One of the Navy’s main construction docks dominated the scene, and Mugabi could just make out the bright, color-coded vacuum suits of the yard workers as they hovered about the mile-long hull of what would have been a new battlecruiser.


Research requirements

antedating 1930

Earliest cite

E. E. Smith, "Skylark Three"

Research History
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from an undated reprint of Henry Kuttner's 1949 "The Time Axis"; Fred Galvin verified this cite in its 1949 first publication.
Michael Dolbear submitted a cite from a 1999 reprint of David Drake's 1998 "With the Lightnings".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1998 cite from Kathy Tyers' "Fusion Fire".
Malcolm Farmer submitted cites for "vacuum suit" and "vacuum-suit" from a 1999 reprint of Murray Leinster's 1955 "Scrimshaw". Mike Christie verified these in the 1955 magazine publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from Robert Abernathy's "Failure on Titan"
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a reprint of H.B. Fyfe's 1948 "Bureau of Slick Tricks", which Mike Christie verified in the original publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a January 1947 reprint of "Venus Mines, Incorporated", by Nathan Schachner and Arthur Leo Zagat; we would like to verify the cite in its first publication (Wonder Stories, August, 1931)
Fred Galvin submitted a 1930 cite from part II of the serialization of E.E. Smith's "Skylark Three"
Bill Mullins submitted a 1926 cite from Amazing.

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