space piracy n.

piracy carried out against space vessels or other worlds

  • 1937 Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr. 12/1 page image

    I wanted to write a story about space piracy and a lone wolf crusader who…waged a fierce and single-handed warfare against these buccaneers of the skies.

  • 1946 G. O. Smith Impossible Pirates in Astounding Science Fiction Dec. 60/2 George O. Smith

    Black Morgan was a space pirate and the place to look for him was in space. That space piracy was impossible for divers reasons seemed to make little difference to Black Morgan. He did it.

  • 1949 H. Hasse Eternal Zemmd Must Die! in Planet Stories Spring 7/2

    The man had been sentenced for murder or space-piracy.

  • 1963 R. Zelazny King Solomon's Ring in Fantastic Oct. 61/2 page image Roger Zelazny

    No more professional advice on space piracy.

  • 1990 W. McCarthy What I did with the OTV Grissom in Aboriginal Science Fiction May–June 15/2 page image Wil McCarthy

    You are witnesses to the world’s first act of space piracy.

  • 2009 C. Willrich Sails the Morne in Asimov’s Science Fiction June 83 page image

    What little space piracy goes on, goes on closer to the Sun.

Research requirements

antedating 1946

Earliest cite

George O. Smith, 'The Impossible Pirate'

Research History
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1990 cite from a letter by Lee Smith in Quantum. Fred Galvin submitted a 1949 cite from Henry Hasse's "Eternal Zemmd Must Die!" Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from George O. Smith's "The Impossible Pirate".

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