galactic n. 1

an inhabitant of the galaxy, or a member of a galaxy-wide civilization


  • 1942 A. E. van Vogt Asylum in Astounding Science-Fiction May 9/1 page image A. E. van Vogt bibliography

    There are no Galactics out here. But there is an Observer. I've been catching the secret ultra signals for the last two hours…warning all ships to stay clear because the system isn’t ready for any kind of contact with Galactic planets.

  • 1952 M. Shaara All Way Back in Astounding Science Fiction July 55/2 page image Michael Shaara bibliography

    What kind of a race was this? A race which flew in primitive star ships, yet it had already conquered one of the greatest problems in Galactic history, a problem which had baffled the Galactics for millions of years.

  • 1954 P. Anderson Chapter Ends in Dynamic Science Fiction Jan. 19/1 page image Poul Anderson bibliography

    You couldn’t call them stagnant. Their life was too healthy, their civilization too rich in its own way—folk art, folk music, ceremony, religion, the intimacy of family life which the Galactics had lost—for that term. But to one who flew between the streaming suns, it was a small existence.

  • 1954 ‘R. Dee’ Interlopers in Astounding Science Fiction Sept. 68/2

    The galactics traveled in pursuit of trade, making jumps of a magnitude inconceivable to an Earthman’s mind. They lived in comfort and peace, without want or war, each society presenting a new variation of Utopia which only emphasized the homogeneity of the whole.

  • 1963 ‘S. McKettrig’ A World by the Tale in Analog Science Fact–Science Fiction Oct. 1

    As far as the Galactics were concerned, Earth was a little backwater planet that was of no importance. Nothing manufactured on the planet was of any use to Galactics.

  • 1967 R. Silverberg Those Who Watch 81 Robert Silverberg

    Certainly the galactics have landed on Earth many times, and have come among us in human form.

Research requirements

antedating 1952

Earliest cite

MIchael Shaara, 'All The Way Back'

Research History
Irene Grumman submitted a 1967 cite from Robert Silverberg's "Those Who Watch".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1957 reprint of A.E. van Vogt's "Asylum". We would like to verify this in its first publication (Astounding Science Fiction, May 1942).
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1968 reprint of "A World by the Tale" by Seaton McKettrig (pen name of Randall Garrett) which Mike Christie verified in its 1963 first publication.
Fred Galvin submitted cites from a 1963 reprint of Poul Anderson's 1954 "The Chapter Ends".
Fred Galvin submitted a September 1954 cite from Roger Dee [pseudonym of Roger Dee Aycock], "The Interlopers".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from Michael Shaara's "All The Way Back".

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