in-system adv.

in or into a solar system; toward the center of a solar system; cf. out-system adv.

  • 1961 K. Laumer Stranger in Paradox in Fantastic Aug. 74/2 Keith Laumer

    Yes; and there are absolutely no defenses. This ship is the only armed one between here and Station Seven, a week’s run in-system.

  • 1980 D. Brin Sundiver 96 David Brin

    You may recall we got back in system a couple of years ago.

  • 1989 J. Pournelle & S. M. Stirling Children's Hour in L. Niven et al. Man-Kzin Wars II (1991) ii. 176 S. M. Stirling Jerry Pournelle

    The flatlander warship was still headed insystem; from the look of things they were going to use the sun for a whip-round.

  • 1989 L. Watt-Evans Nightside City i. 9 Lawrence Watt-Evans

    Born on Prometheus, came in-system to the nightside at sixteen—probably looking for casino work, but it didn’t say—and did a few short pieces here and there.

  • 1997 D. Weber & S. White In Death Ground (prologue) 7 David Weber Steve White bibliography

    Argive had been in-system for over six days now without detecting anything but lifeless worlds and what might be a second warp point just over three light-hours from the star.

  • 1998 ‘L. A. Graf’ War Dragons i. 3 Julia Ecklar Karen Rose Cercone bibliography

    I didn’t realize you were in-system.

  • 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star xviii. 585 Peter F. Hamilton

    When MorningLightMountain8658 decelerated insystem, it found an extensive civilization occupying the fourth solid planet.

  • 2005 I. M. Banks Algebraist ii. 132 Iain M. Banks

    Starting the day after martial law was declared there had been a sequence of attacks, mostly on isolated and system-edge craft and settlements, though with some worrying assaults further in-system, including one on a Navarchy dock-habitat in Sepekte’s own trailing Lagrange that had killed over a thousand.

  • 2019 Y. H. Lee Dragon Pearl viii. 75 Yoon Ha Lee bibliography

    We’re stuck in-system until we’re charged up, and unless I’m mistaken, those are mercenaries. I hope you spent some time familiarizing yourself with the weapons system.

Research requirements

antedating 1961

Earliest cite

Keith Laumer, 'Stranger in Paradox'

Research History
Jeff Prucher submitted a 2000 cite from a reprint of David Weber and Steve White's 1997 "In Death Ground".
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1998 cite from Elizabeth Moon's "Rules of Engagement".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1989 cite from Lawrence Watt-Evans' "Nightside City".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1980 cite from David Brin's "Sundiver". Fred Galvin submitted a 1961 cite from Keith Laumer's "Stranger in Paradox".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2019 cite from Yoon Ha Lee.

Suggested by Ralf Brown, who has 3 cites from 3 authors in his electronic library.

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