Earthian n. 1

a native or inhabitant of Earth; = earthling n.

  • 1861 Comet in Saturday Evening Post 13 July 3/1 page image

    For that matter, it is the general belief of many good men, that all the millions upon millions of comets, planets, stars, and suns exist only for the purpose of making the night look pretty to us important Earthians. A belief which being very flattering to our vanity, is one that is generally acquiesced in, and which we are not sure that it would be quite orthodox to call into question.

  • 1882 ‘N. Green’ Thousand Years Hence xviii. 340 page image Nunsowe Green bibliography

    Life proved rather pleasant to us here, and in more respects than those merely of climate, the fact being that we Earthians are greatly looked up to, and held in most flatteringly reverential consideration by these simple Jovians; for, if they care little about our science for its own sake, they yet readily see our power to apply it to all sorts of useful and profitable things, and they are struck with awe and admiration accordingly. Many of our people now live here for weeks and months together, in making business arrangements.

  • 1907 N.Y. Times Magazine 25 Aug. 7/5

    Four of the Jupiterian warships have been blown to atoms by the superior gunnery of the Earthians.

  • 1939 ‘J. Cotton’ Outlaw of Saturn in Science Fiction Mar. 95/1

    In their eyes this tough Earthian was a dynamo, a destroyer of their calm, somnolent peace.

  • 1939 ‘J. Cotton’ Outlaw of Saturn in Science Fiction Mar. 95/1

    The creature he faced stood only two feet high—an almost perfect miniature of an Earthian, save that his eyes were wide and innocent, his hair pink, and his skin deep amber.

  • 1943 C. D. Simak Hunch in Astounding Science-Fiction July 19/1 Clifford D. Simak

    It was a roundabout way, a long way, an awkward way to read the language of Mars, Monk reflected. Martian to Jovian to Earthian. But it was better than no way at all.

  • 1947 J. Shelton You Are Forbidden! in Thrilling Wonder Stories June 94/1

    Grand Terminus, Earth—calling New Paris, Mars. Reservation Twenty-six B. Doctor Jules Craig, Earthian, awaiting transport, Booth Two-Seventeen to New Paris.

  • 1948 R. Bradbury Million-Year Picnic 165 Ray Bradbury

    I was looking for Earthian logic, common sense, good government, peace and responsibility.

  • 1951 G. Conklin in Possible Worlds Science Fiction 347 Groff Conklin

    The Interstellar Empire of Earthians, in full-dress uniform and with all its faults exposed like open sores.

  • 1951 G. Conklin Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf in Galaxy Science Fiction Feb. 101/1 Groff Conklin

    The tale tells how, from a space station on Pluto, a few Earthians, aided by an incredible girl who has been in suspended animation for a thousand years, are able to help avert the collision of our universe with another, a crash which would have been ‘slightly fatal’ to both.

  • 1955 R. Matheson Miss Stardust in Startling Stories Spring 98/1

    My wards are losing patience with your goggling Earthians. I demand you have the contest started immediately and see to it that this offensive staring ceases.

  • 1966 R. A. Lafferty Primary Education Among the Camiroi in Galaxy Science Fiction Dec. 186/2 R. A. Lafferty

    Seeing that you were Earthians, he spoke in Hindi, which is the tongue used by more Earthians than any other.

  • 1991 Locus Nov. 25/2

    Between the priests of Waroth, and the Ganymeans, Jevlenese humans and Earthians of our universe, one is tempted to retitle Entoverse as ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Benighted’.

  • 2012 H. Hickam Crater viii. 86 Homer Hickam bibliography

    After a disgruntled miner who’d lost his job to the Umlaps blew the whistle on the experiment, the company was forced to show both Moonians and Earthians their gene-tweaked slaves.


Research requirements

antedating 1907

Research History
Irene Grumman submitted a 1951 cite from a review by Groff Conklin in Galaxy Science Fiction.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from Jerry Shelton's "You Are Forbidden!".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1970 reprint of R. A. Lafferty's 1966 "Primary Education of the Camiroi"; Mike Christie verified it in the first magazine appearance.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1955 cite from Richard Matheson's "Miss Stardust".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Richard E. Lowe's "Vacation on Earth".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from Groff Conklin's "Possible Worlds of Science Fiction".
Mike Christie submitted a 1939 cite from J. Cotton's "Outlaw of Saturn."
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2012 cite from Homer Hickam.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted an 1861 cite from the Saturday Evening Post.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted an 1882 cite from "Nunsowe Green".

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