asterite n.

a native or inhabitant of an asteroid


  • 1933 P. F. Nowlan Buck Rogers in Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics (1986) 186 Philip Francis Nowlan

    Encased in armor that was proof against their most destructive weapons, Alura and I went among the Asterites, who were determined to annihilate Martian civilization and conquer Mars for themselves

  • 1942 ‘W. Stewart’ Minus Sign in Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 44/1 page image Jack Williamson bibliography

    I was born on a pebble-size planet, millions of kilometers from the nearest doctor. I’m just a native asterite—even if I have learned spatial engineering and got to be acting director of the Interplanet lab.

  • 1942 ‘W. Stewart’ Collision Orbit in Astounding Science-Fiction July 82/2 page image Jack Williamson

    She was a native asterite, accustomed to the annihilating threat of contraterrene matter.

  • 1949 ‘W. Stewart’ Seetee Shock in Astounding Science-Fiction Nov. 16/1 page image Jack Williamson bibliography

    I met this asterite engineer, Jim Drake, and listened to his schemes.

  • 1964 ‘W. P. Sanders’ Sunjammer in Analog Apr. 17/1 page image Poul Anderson bibliography

    He was a third-generation asterite, a gaunt, crease-cheeked, prematurely balding man who remembered too well the brother he had lost in the revolution.

Research requirements

postdating 1964

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1986 reprint of a 1933 "Buck Rogers" Sunday comic.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1971 reprint of Jack Williamson's 1950 novel "Seetee Shock"; Mike Christie checked the 1949 first magazine appearance and verified that the cite does not appear there. Jesse Sheidlower subsquently re-checked it, and found several other examples.

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