off-planet n.

an off-planet location

  • 1959 ‘M. Leinster’ Pirates of Ersatz in Astounding Science Fiction Feb. 19/1 page image Murray Leinster bibliography

    Its ambassador was the only person Hoddan coudl even imagine as listeningto him, and that because he came from off-planet, as Hoddan did.

  • [1960 F. Pohl in Galaxy Feb. 79/1 Frederik Pohl

    They all had lost their jobs, most of them at the Icicle Works; they saw no future, and wanted off-planet. ]

  • 1976 U. K. Le Guin Word for World Is Forest in H. Ellison Again, Dangerous Visions 37 Ursula K. Le Guin bibliography

    There were two possibilities. One: an attack from another camp. Some officer on King or New Java had gone spla and was trying a coup de planète. Two: an attack from off-planet.

  • 1989 L. Watt-Evans Nightside City iv. 40 Lawrence Watt-Evans bibliography

    So who was buying new cabs and bringing them in from off-planet?

  • 1989 L. E. Modesitt Ecolitan Operation xxii. 130 L. E. Modesitt, Jr. bibliography

    ‘You from Parundia?’ ‘A bit farther than that, I'm afraid.’ ‘Off-planet?’ He nodded.

  • 2001 J. A. Gardner Ascending xiv. 163 James Alan Gardner bibliography

    No dangerous animals except in zoos…and of course, with the League of Peoples, no one has to worry about attacks from off-planet.

Research requirements

antedating 1972

Research History
E.g. 'The attack came from off-planet'.

Douglas Winston submitted a 2001 cite from James Alan Gardner's "Ascending". Douglas Winston submitted a 1989 cite from Lawrence Watt Evans' "Nightside City". Douglas Winston submitted a 1989 cite from L.E.Modesitt Jr.'s "The Ecolitan Operation".

We would like cites of any date from other sources.

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