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’ Collision Orbit in Astounding Science-Fiction July 82/2 page image Jack Williamson bibliography

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 1988 L. Carter Ghosts of Ganymede in Astro-Adventures Jan. 11/2 page image Lin Carter bibliography

    ‘Find anything, chief?’ inquired the Venusian when he was finished. Star shrugged. ‘Nothing, really,’ he said, rather ruefully. ‘The pearls have no magnetic charge, are not radioactive—outside of their unexpected weight, there’s nothing odd about them except their rarity. Mineralogy knows nothing of such stones... only the lost Asterites mined them, I guess.’

  • 1994 P. Anderson Stars Are Also Fire iii. 35 page image Poul Anderson bibliography

    Three men came by together; their walk and posture, black kilts and silver-filigree breastplates, comparatively brusque manner and loud speech, said they were from Mars. Asterites were scarce and less readily identifiable. Terrans numbered perhaps three out of ten.

Research requirements

antedating 1933

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.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1988 cite from Lin Carter.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1994 cite from Poul Anderson.

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