Solarian adj.

pertaining to Earth’s sun, solar system, or their inhabitants


  • 1930 J. W. Campbell Voice of the Void in Amazing Stories Quarterly Summer 395/1 page image John W. Campbell, Jr. bibliography

    Even in the blazing minor star they lived, darting in and coming out of its flames as unconcernedly as a Solarian ship would dart in or out of an atmosphere.

  • 1930 J. W. Campbell Black Star Passes in Amazing Stories Quarterly Fall 521/2 John W. Campbell, Jr. bibliography

    The small ships of the Nigrians were beginning to take a terrific toll in the thin ranks of the Solarians. The coming of the Rocket Squad had been welcomed indeed! They were able to maneuver as quickly as the enemy; the little ships, all one-man ships, were harder to spot than the Solarian ten and twenty-man ships. The Solarian one-man ships were even smaller than the Nigrian one-man ships, and some of these did a tremendous amount of damage.

  • 1942 Astounding Stories June 104/2

    I had my own cruiser—a special long-period explorer, owned by the Solarian government.

  • 1947 ‘M. Leinster’ Skit-Tree Planet in Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr. 42/1 Murray Leinster

    He grinned at the profanity that came out of the communicator-speaker. Then—back at the irreverently nicknamed Galloping Cow which was the base ship of the Extra-Solarian Research Institute expedition to this star-cluster—McRae cut off.

  • 1950 H. B. Fyfe In Value Deceived in Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 41/2 page image H. B. Fyfe bibliography

    Out of politeness, they permitted the red-topped Solarian to lead them to another compartment. Here, he displayed various wares. The Olittrans noted that the Solarian objects ran mostly to gadgets and precision instruments, while things they had obtained by trading were in many cases minerals.

  • 1952 K. F. Crossen Caphian Caper in Thrilling Wonder Stories Dec. 11/2 Kendell Foster Crossen bibliography

    The Martian female was the receptionist in the Nuyork office of the Greater Solarian Insurance Company, Monopolated, for which Manning Draco was chief investigator.

  • 1965 F. Saberhagen Stone Place in Worlds of If Mar. 21 Fred Saberhagen

    That had been a genuine pleasure, seeing Johann given command of the Solarian fleet, watching the Venerians boil.

  • 1980 D. Brin Sundiver 288 David Brin

    The huge Solarian beasts were coming up fast from below the Sunship on a collision course.

  • 2013 T. Zahn Call to Arms in Beginnings iv. 141 page image Timothy Zahn bibliography

    ‘The uniform could be Solarian,’ Travis affirmed, scanning the search results. ‘But a lot of Core World navies wear something similar. What we could see of the insignia looked more like something the Tahzeeb Navy uses.’

Research requirements

antedating 1930

Earliest cite

John W. Campbell, Jr., 'The Black Star Passes'

Research History
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite a 1970 reprint of from Fred Saberhagen's "Stone Place" which Mike Christie verified in the original 1965 publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1930 cite from John W. Campbell, Jr.'s "The Black Star Passes".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from Kendell Foster Crossen's "The Caphian Caper".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from H. B. Fyfe's "In Value Deceived".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1951 reprint of Hal Clement's 1942 "Proof"; Mike Christie verified it in the original publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Charles A. Stearns's "The Golden Ones".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Chester S. Geier's "Planet of Creation".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from Murray Leinster's "Skit-Tree Planet".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1980 cite from David Brin's "Sundiver".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2013 cite from Timothy Zahn.

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