from an outworld n.; foreign, unusual
Who was the out-worldly stranger?
Matter of Size in Astounding Stories Apr. 41/2
The free lizard charged up the steps. He kicked at it but his reactions were too slowed by his fears… Gerry suddenly realized the absolute futility of flight, and waited, fascinated by the outworldly thing.
Fourth Species in New World Science Fiction May 69
Three orchestras of strange outworldly instruments, tuning up in bizarre discord.
Lord Valentine's Castle in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov. 48/1
They saw three truly outworldly figures: men in drooping, outsize clothes, waking with little difficulty despite the weeks in space.
Fat Guys in Space Absolute Magnitude Science Fiction Summer 48/2
Research HistoryFred Galvin submitted a cite from Harry Bates' "A Matter of Size"; Alistair Durie verified this in its 1934 first publication.
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a range of additional cites.
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