space station n.

a large artificial satellite used as a long-term base for operations in space


  • [1929 Science Wonder Stories Aug. 272/2 page image

    Spread out like the map of a war game, there would lie before the eyes of the observer in the spatial station the entire battlefield and its approaches.]

  • 1930 H. Gernsback Stations in Space in Air Wonder Stories Apr. 869/1 page image Hugo Gernsback bibliography

    It might be asked: what useful purpose would be served by converting a space-flyer into a permanent, rapidly-revolving satellite of the earth in this manner? Professor Hermann Oberth, perhaps the greatest authority on interplanetary space, points out many uses for such revolving ‘space stations’, as he calls them. A better word, perhaps, would be ‘revolving space observatories’.

  • 1941 J. Williamson Backlash in Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 161 page image Jack Williamson bibliography

    Experimental Rocket Venus III calling Space Station A…. Generator burned out. Main communicator dead. Please rush relief.

  • 1953 O. Saari Space Man in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Apr. 84 page image Oliver Saari bibliography

    You're about my age—you must remember when they shot the parts of the first moon rocket up to the Space Station. Alphonse Craig was putting them together. Greatest single-handed construction job ever done! He had to start from scratch, learning all the null-g and vacuum techniques without another pair of hands nor another brain to help him.

  • 1956 R. Bradbury End of Beginning in R is for Rocket (1968) Ray Bradbury bibliography

    Think of it—a manned rocket going up tonight to build the first space station.

  • 1973 A. C. Clarke Rendezvous with Rama (1974) 38 Arthur C. Clarke bibliography

    The largest of all space-stations, Syscat Five, was less than two hundred metres in diameter.

  • 1977 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Aug. 118/1

    They put him in a space ship and launched him to a large artificial satellite that circled the world. This space station was called Command School.

  • 1983 M. Z. Bradley Thendara House (1991) i. 275 Marion Zimmer Bradley bibliography

    Seriously, it’s not his fault, Magda, he wanted to command a space station.

  • 1990 A. Steele Clarke County, Space 26 Allen Steele bibliography

    Essentially a Bernal sphere, surrounded at each end by torus clusters arrayed along axial shafts, solar vanes and giant mirrors, Clarke Country is the largest space station ever successfully built.

  • 1993 K. S. Robinson Red Mars ii. 74 Kim Stanley Robinson bibliography

    The largest subsidiary mission was to dock a part of the disassembled Ares on Phobos, and begin transforming that moon into a space station.

  • 1997 A. C. Clarke 3001: Final Odyssey iii. 17 Arthur C. Clarke bibliography

    There was certainly a gravity field here—so he was probably inside the slowly turning wheel of an orbiting space-station.

  • 2006 S. M. Stirling Sky People v. 121 S. M. Stirling bibliography

    According to the news, they were busting their asses at that base in Guiana and their little space station, but it would be years before they could do anything interplanetary, and by then they'd be a distant third fiddle.

  • 2019 Y. H. Lee Dragon Pearl ix. 81 Yoon Ha Lee bibliography

    Communications frequencies were much slower than travel via Gate and only reliable for reaching people in the immediate vicinity, which was why long-distance messages were conveyed by courier. The local space station should have heard us and relayed the distress signal, but it was an open question as to whether anyone in a position to help had detected it.

Research requirements

antedating 1930

Earliest cite

Hugo Gernsback, in Air Wonder Stories

Research History
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2019 cite from Yoon Ha Lee.

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