xenoanthropology n.

the study of alien cultures

Also xenanthropology.


  • 1966 A. Budrys in Galaxy Oct. 155/2 Algis Budrys

    Anderson’s is about xenathropology, politics and moral courage.

  • 1987 F. Pohl Adeste Fidelis in D. G. Hartwell Christmas Stars (2004) 16 Frederik Pohl

    He was neither a xenoanthropologist nor a xenobiologist, nor did he have any of the special skills that made the lives of the survivors fairly tolerable.

  • 1994 S. Hawke Patrian Transgression i.18

    Secretary Wing…completed her graduate studies summa cum laude at Princeton, with a doctorate in xenoanthropology.

  • 2000 N. Kress Probability Moon 57 Nancy Kress

    When he returned to Princeton, he would be an instant star in the small, fiercely coveted world of xenoanthropology.

Research requirements

antedating 1966

Earliest cite

Algis Budrys, in Galaxy, discussing Poul Anderson

Research History
Irene Grumman submitted a 2002 cite from a reprint of Nancy Kress' 2000 "Probability Moon"

In addition to antedatings, we would like cites of any date from other authors.

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