It was too much fun seeing you wabble out in a vac-suit, like a sea-diver diving in a dry Martian seabottom.
Wayward World in Astounding Stories Feb. 110/1
‘Vac suits,’ he said. ‘There are two and a spare.’ They got into them, shuffled through the airlock, and stood still, the first humans on an undiscovered world.
Child of Sun in Planet Stories Spring 107/2
Our crew….made a crash landing there. We could survive in the vac-suits, of course, but the thlomots were after us almost at once.
Pen Pal in Galaxy July 130
Along the way, I learned the ins and outs of an ion-pulse drive and a stressed-field generator; and I served my time in vac suits, working outside under the big black sky that wrapped all the way around and seemed to pull at me like a magnet that would suck me away into its deepest blackest depths, every hour I spent out on a hull.
Spaceman! in Worlds of If June 100/2
Comm Tech Sheila Brandt knelt on the cold, naked stone, cramped and uncomfortable in her vac-suit, and carefully clipped the probes of the meter she held in her hand to a set of terminals on the device embedded in the stone.
We All Died at Breakaway Station ii. 14
Which was why I spent an average of twelve hours every day on the Lunar surface in a smelly vacsuit either being broiled by a too-hot sun or struggling to keep my toes from frostbite.
Which Way To Ends Of Time? in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Aug. 17 16/2
I want you to get over to the pro shop and get yourself fitted for a vac suit.
Neuromancer (1989) x. 129
He began putting on a vacsuit, pausing before he sealed the helmet.
Cost of Styxite in Science Fiction Age Jan. 53/1
Surreptitiously, Travis touched the helmet of his vac suit, fastened securely beside his station. Knowing it was there made him feel marginally safer. Marginally.
A Call to Arms in Beginnings 139
Otto Binder (pseudonymously), in Astounding
Research HistoryDouglas Winston submitted a 1969 cite for "vac-suit" from the novel publication of Richard C. Meredith's "We all Died at Breakaway Station"; Mike Christie checked the cite in the magazine publication in the same year, and it doesn't appear there.
Douglas Winston submitted a 1982 cite for "vacsuit" from Michael McCollum's "A Greater Infinity".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite for "vac suit" from a 1997 reprint of David Weber's 1993 "On Basilisk Station".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite for "vac-suit" from a 1959 reprint of Leigh Brackett's 1944 "Terror Out of Space".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1942 cite for "vac suit" from Leigh Brackett's "Child of the Sun".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1967 cite from Keith Laumer's "Spaceman!".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2013 cite from Timothy Zahn.
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In the compilation of some entries, HDSF has drawn extensively on corresponding entries in OED.