off-planet n.

an off-planet location

  • [ 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 i. 24 Ursula K. Le Guin

    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 planรƒยจte. Two: an attack from off-planet.

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

    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.

    โ€˜You from Parundia?โ€™ โ€˜A bit farther than that, I'm afraid.โ€™ โ€˜Off-planet?โ€™ He nodded.

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

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


Research requirements

antedating 1989

Earliest cite

L. W. Evans 'Nightside City'

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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