farside n.

the side of the Moon that faces away from Earth; cf. earlier darkside n. 1, nightside n.

Often cap., as a place name.

  • 1958 P. Anderson We Have Fed Our Sea in Astounding Science Fiction Aug. 24/2 page image Poul Anderson bibliography

    ‘You must go to the Moon quite often.’… Maclaren nodded. ‘Mount Ambarzumian Observatory, on Farside.’

  • 1961 A. C. Clarke Fall of Moondust 31 Arthur C. Clarke

    When a ship’s down on the Moon, it can be spotted very quickly from one of the satellites—either Lagrange II, above Earthside, or Lagrange I, over Farside.

  • 1962 Sci. Amer. Aug. 88/2

    Her pilot was a safety pilot: such ships shuttled unpiloted between Tycho and Farside daily.

  • 1974 J. Varley Picnic on Nearside in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Aug. 101/2 John Varley

    They say that’s what drove people to the Farside: the constant reminder of what they had lost, always there in the sky. It must have been hard, especially to the Earthborn. Whatever the reason, no-one had lived on the Nearside for almoost a century. All the original settlements had dwindled as people had moved to the comforting empty sky of Farside.

  • 1984 R. Silverberg Waiting for Earthquake in R. Silverberg Conglomeroid Cocktail Party (1984) 214 Robert Silverberg

    His first stop was Meditation Island, the jumping-off point for those who went to visit Virgil Oddum’s fantastic and ever-evolving ice sculptures out on Farside.

  • 1992 A. Steele Labyrinth of Night 131 Allen Steele bibliography

    I didn’t know myself until about three weeks ago, just before we went around the solar farside. We received some E-mail for you on the Huntsville uplink, and that’s when I was briefed…

  • 1993 A. C. Clarke Hammer of God 93 Arthur C. Clarke

    The signal was picked up loud and clear, during a routine survey, by one of the smaller radio telescopes on lunar Farside—still a fairly quiet place, despite the local communications traffic.

  • 1993 T. Bisson Shadow Knows Sept. 19

    Situated on the farside of the Moon, facing always away from the Earth, Houbolt lies open to the Universe.

  • 1997 A. C. Clarke 3001: Final Odyssey xix. 138 Arthur C. Clarke

    Ten of us…went into Farside, and chased the Sun down to the horizon so it really was night.


Research requirements

antedating 1958

Earliest cite

Poul Anderson, in Astounding.

Research History
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1962 cite from Robert A. Heinlein's "Searchlight".
Irene Grumman submitted a 1993 cite from Terry Bisson's "The Shadow Knows".
Michael Dolbear and Dan Tilque independently submitted different cites from editions of Arthur C. Clarke's "A Fall of Moondust"; the cites appear in a 1963 reprint, and we would like to verify them in the 1961 first publication.
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1958 cite from Poul Anderson, in Astounding

We have a number of cites for this word: we now only need antedatings.

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