in-system adj.

designating something or someone that operates only within a solar system; cf. intersystem adj.

  • 1968 L. Niven Slowboat Cargo in World of If Feb. 10/1 page image Larry Niven

    The ship began to drag a little, a very little, as the cone scooped up interstellar dust and hydrogen. She was still accelerating. Her insystem tank was idle now, and would be for the next twelve years. Her food would be the thin stuff she scooped out between the stars.

  • 1977 G. Zebrowski Ashes & Stars 7 George Zebrowski

    A hundred thousand worlds circle their suns here, many of them earth-like; others are too young for intelligent life to have developed; some cradle pre-space humanoid cultures; still others have in-system space travel; many are dead worlds.

  • 1980 D. Brin Sundiver 238 David Brin

    Besides, more than half of the crewmen on in-system ships are male, and seven out of ten on military craft.

  • 1982 ‘C. J. Cherryh’ Merchanter's Luck i. 9 C. J. Cherryh

    In fact, his life had been womanless, except for one very drunk insystem merchanter one night on Mariner when he was living high and secure, which was how Mariner knew his name and laid in wait for him. And another insystemer before that, who he had hoped would partner him for good: she had lost him Esperance when it went bad.

  • 1992 V. Vinge Fire upon Deep i. viii. 58 Vernor Vinge bibliography

    The in-system factories must be off-line or hidden behind Groundside.

  • 1995 E. Moon Winning Colors xvi. 284 Elizabeth Moon

    By the estimate of the senior engineer aboard the Paganini, the other cruiser’s insystem drive had lost thirty percent of its power.

  • 2000 J. A. Gardner Hunted v. 38 James Alan Gardner

    While I waited for the Outbreak Team to arrive from some other starbase, I used the captain’s vidscreen to watch outside the ship. I didn’t see much—nothing came or went at Starbase Iris, not even in-system shuttles. Once I noticed a merchant vessel passing within range of Willow’s hull cameras, but it didn’t come very close; it was aiming for the planet Celestia, a light-minute nearer the local sun.


Research requirements

antedating 1968

Earliest cite

Larry Niven, "Slowboat Cargo", in If

Research History
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from an undated reprint of James Alan Gardner's 2000 "Hunted".
Ralf Brown located and Douglas Winston submitted a 1977 cite from George Zebrowski's "Ashes and Stars".
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1998 cite from Elizabeth Moon's "Rules of Engagement".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1995 cite from Elizabeth Moon's "Winning Colors".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1996 reprint of C. J. Cherryh's "Merchanter's Luck"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1982 first edition.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1980 cite from David Brin's "Sundiver".
David E. Siegel submitted a cite from a 1978 reprint of Larry Niven's "A Gift From Earth"; Malcolm Farmer verified this in a 1971 reprint; Jesse Sheidlower replaced it with an equivalent cite from the 1968 first magazine appearance.

Suggested by Ralf Brown, who has 5 cites from 4 authors in his electronic library.

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