transhumanity n.

the quality or condition of being transhuman; also, transhumans collectively

  • 1965 H. D. Lasswell World Revolution of Our Time in World Revolutionary Elites vi. 94 (heading) page image Harold D. Lasswell

    The Unspeakable Revolution (Transhumanity)
    [...] We are on the threshold of the era of astropolitics, and we perceive even now that the elites of the Earth may encounter higher forms of life in space. In addition to these contingencies we do not overlook the abolition of death by the technique of detecting worn-out molecules and making suitable replacements. Nor is it sensible to ignore the chance that new factors (for instance, parapsychological processes) may further complicate the future of man’s politics. Author ID: 25392 Title ID: URL:

  • 1978 R. C. W. Ettinger Introduction: Transhuman Condition ix R. C. W. Ettinger

    Moving right along, let’s add transhumanity to immortality; now we are in the big time. But it will tax any writer’s skill just to convince a human that the way from here is up.

  • 1991 E. Regis Great Mambo Chicken & Transhuman Condition 308


  • 1991 G. Zebrowski Stranger Suns 293 George Zebrowski

    He imagined his colony of ever-changing trans-humanity, each generation reaching deeper into the beast to clear away evolution’s stubborn residues, and himself wandering across the colony’s variants, an estranged Moses crossing and recrossing the river Jordan, always hearing something different on a changing Sinai.

  • 1993 B. Searles On Books in Asimov’s Science Fiction July 167/2

    Okay, it’s scary stuff for Dr. Wheeler to watch his daughter turn into a cell of the evolving transhumanity, but beyond the goosebumps, there’s the desire to get on with central object of thematic interest and natural simian curiosity, namely the fate and nature of those billions, that complex of civilizations, those people just like you and me who embraced the Apocalypse.

  • 1994 I. McDonald Necroville (1995) 165 Ian McDonald

    The Isolationists pressed for the immediate expansion of the extant Clades across all the solar system, the establishment and recognition of a dead transhumanity that had severed all ties with planet-bound humanity.

  • 1995 G. Egan Wang's Carpets in G. Bear & M. H. Greenberg New Legends 399

    You don’t need me to safeguard the future of Carter-Zimmerman on your behalf. Or the future of transhumanity. You can do it in person.

  • 1995 I. McDonald Evolution's Shore 234 Ian McDonald

    I do not understand these things well. I do not know about Australopithecus and evolution and what you call transhumanity, posthumanity.

  • 1999 R. Rucker Saucer Wisdom xi. 244

    ‘What’s transhumanity?’ asks Frank. ‘Editing the body, copying the body, transcending the body,’ says Perl, extending a perfect finger for each one. ‘We're going to show you all about it so that you can write it up. And then people will know the way.’

  • 2001 M. Pesche in True Magic in True Names & Opening of Cyberspace Frontier 236

    The Feds, in the end, had to rely on Roger and Erythrina to save civilization, because they had mastered the lost arts of trans-humanity, they were ready to boot-up into being beyond anything they had ever known.

Research requirements

antedating 1965

Earliest cite

Harold D. Lasswell, "World Revolution of Our Time"

Research History
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 2001 cite from Mark Pesche's "True Magic".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1999 cite from Rudy Rucker's "Saucer Wisdom".
Ralf Brown located and Steven Silver submitted a 1991 cite from George Zebrowski's "Stranger Suns".
Michael Dolbear submitted a cite from a 1996 reprint of Greg Egan's 1995 "Wang's Carpets".
Michael Dolbear submitted a 1995 cite from Ian MacDonald's "Evolution's Shore".
Irene Grumman submitted a 1993 cite from a book review by Baird Searles.
Irene Grumman submitted a 1978 cite from R.C.W. Ettingers's introduction to the anthology "Immortal: Short Novels of the Transhuman future" (Ed. by Jack Dann).
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1965 cite from Harold D. Lasswell, who notes that the original (1951) publication of "World Revolution of Our Time" does not include the word "transhuman".

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