spacehand n.

someone who works or has experience working in space, esp. a low-ranking member of a spaceship crew

  • 1938 M. W. Wellman Men Against Stars in Astounding Science-Fiction June 8/1 page image Manly Wade Wellman bibliography

    In ship No. Fifty-one, half-way from Moon to Mars, four stubbled faces turned to a common, grinning regard as the pounding roar of the rockets died away at last. The skipper, the rocketman, the navigator, the spacehand.

  • 1938 F. A. Kummer Forgiveness of Tenchu Taen in Astounding Science-Fiction Nov. 120/1 page image Frederic Arnold Kummer, Jr. bibliography

    Here in the Olech, squat Jovian spacehands rub shoulders with languid Venusian traders; dark Mercurians drink with the dak-men of Neptune; and tall Terrestrials swagger contemptuously through the crowds of ‘reddies,’ copper-skinned sons of Mars. Above the babel of a hundred polyglot tongues one can hear the sibilant hissing of the Martian dialects. Like flitting shadows the little reddies, clad in their long, loose dust-robes, glide along the crooked streets, mysterious, inscrutable.

  • 1940 Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 59/2

    She’s a woman of the world, and it’s utterly impossible to expect her to live with a man who’s going to be a mere pilot or space hand or something on a Martian spaceship.

  • 1940 Brass Tacks in Astounding Science-Fiction Oct. 155/1

    I might add there was no excess baggage as far as grimy space hands and swearing officers are concerned.

  • 1941 M. W. Wellman Lost Rocket in Astounding Science-Fiction Jan. 105/1 Manly Wade Wellman

    It was the beefy space hand told off to observation duty, which also meant guard duty at the brig.

  • 1942 ‘H. Clement’ Impediment in Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 106/1 Hal Clement

    Why do I have to dodge out of the path of every idiotic spacehand who comes tearing back here as though the planet was full of devils?

  • 1951 M. Lesser ‘A’ as in Android in Future May 74/1 Milton Lesser

    Now I heard the anxious stirring among the tough space-hands and miners as they waited for the first wonder of the Saturnian System—Hyperion’s Dancing Girls.

  • 1961 P. Anderson Hiding Place in Analog Science Fact & Fiction Mar. 139/2 page image Poul Anderson bibliography

    A spacehand, a stocky slant-eyed nomad from Altai uncoiled a lariat.

  • 1962 M. Z. Bradley Sword of Aldones xvi. 161 Marion Zimmer Bradley

    She turned up on Samarra about half an hour after I talked to her here. Times, I’m tempted to throw up this job and turn spacehand.

  • 1977 C. D. Simak Madness from Mars in Best Science-Fiction Stories 126 Clifford D. Simak

    Aboard it were five brave men—Thomas Delvaney, the expedition’s leader; Jerry Cooper, the red-thatched navigator; Andy Smith, the world’s ace cameraman, and two space-hands, Jimmy Watson and Elmer Paine, grim old veterans of the Earth-Moon run

  • 1990 P. Anderson Inconstant Star in L. Niven et al. Man-Kzin Wars III (1992) xviii. 287 Poul Anderson bibliography

    Maybe, not being a spacehand, she won’t obey my order and stay at the boat.


Research requirements

antedating 1938

Earliest cite

Manly Wade Wellman, 'Men Against the Stars'

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1940 cite from a letter by John L. Chapman in Astounding Science Fiction.
Mike Christie submitted a 1940 cite from A.E. Van Vogt's "The Vault of the Beast".
Mike Christie submitted a 1966 cite from a reprint of Poul Anderson's 1961 "Hiding Place".
Mike Christie submitted a 1951 cite from Milton Lesser's "'A' as in Android".
Mike Christie submitted a 1942 cite from Hal Clement's "Impediment".
Mike Christie submitted a 1941 cite from Manly Wade Wellman's "Lost Rocket".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1958 reprint of Manly Wade Wellman's "Men Against the Stars", which Mike Christie verified in its June 1938 first publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1951 reprint of Frederick Arnold Kummer, Jr's "The Forgiveness of Tenchu Taen"; which Mike Christie verified in its November 1938 first printing.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite for "space-hand" from a 1984 reprint of Clifford Simak's 1939 "Madness From Mars".

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