transgalactic adj.

across, crossing, or extending across a galaxy

  • 1930 O. Stapledon Last & First Men (1931) xvi. 365 Olaf Stapledon bibliography

    Only within the last few years have we succeeded in designing an artificial human dust capable of being carried forward on the sun's radiation, hardy enough to endure the conditions of a trans[-]galactic voyage of many millions of years, and yet intricate enough to bear the potentiality of life and of spiritual development. We are now preparing to manufacture this seminal matter in great quantities, and to cast it into space at suitable points on the planet's orbit.

  • 1931 Queenslander 9 Apr. 56/2 page image

    There is no escape. The story rises to a majestic climax. The doomed men do not sit down and weep; they think of others, not of themselves. Using the sun’s final radiation as energy, they scatter space with the germs of life—on the chance that these may lodge somewhere, and humanity may start again. The curtain falls on this gallant attempt to send the seed of life on its transgalactic voyage of millions of years, ‘seed intricate enough to bear the potentialities of life and special development.’

  • 1936 H. P. Lovecraft Shadow Out of Time in Astounding Stories June 133/1 page image H. P. Lovecraft bibliography

    When these things had come to the Earth they had built mighty basalt cities of windowless towers, and had preyed horribly upon the beings they found. Thus it was when the minds of the Great Race sped across the void from that obscure, transgalactic world known in the disturbing and debatable Eltdown Shards as Yith.

  • 1948 G. O. Smith in Thrilling Wonder Stories June 9 (title of story) George O. Smith

    The Trans-Galactic Twins.

  • 1950 Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Dec. 37

    We're happy, therefore, to bring you the first of a group of distinguished stories by a new name in the profession: a delicate story of mood and emotion that will stay in your mind (and heart) long after you have forgotten the most sensational transgalactic epics.

  • 1950 Thrilling Wonder Stories Oct. 11 (advt.)

    It’s a case of the humanities versus alien efficiency when the emissaries of Strada get through to Earth via a trans-galactic back door!

  • 1954 G. O. Smith Spacemen Lost in Startling Stories Fall 60/2 George O. Smith

    From somewhere has come the inevitable transgalactic culture, only with guns instead of gifts.

  • 1955 J. Vance Meet Miss Universe in Fantastic Universe Mar. 10/1 Jack Vance

    The Trans-Galactic Beauty Contest was scheduled for the month of February, when attendance might be expected to undergo a seasonal lull.

  • 1984 M. Z. Bradley World Wreckers 8 Marion Zimmer Bradley bibliography

    When she was packed and ready to board her transit on the first leg of the impossibly long transgalactic journey to that small planet out on the rim of nowhere…a fear roused again in her.

  • 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star xiv. 425 Peter F. Hamilton

    Understanding the technology in the Dark Fortress would elevate our species to unbelievable heights. We could become transgalactic, for heaven’s sake; there really would be no limits to what we could achieve.

  • 2005 P. F. Hamilton Judas Unchained vii. 394 Peter F. Hamilton

    The Prime attack might well be the best thing that ever happened to us, it’s shaken us out of our complacency. Just think of it, fleets flying off into the unknown. I bet we even go trans-galactic one day.

Research requirements

antedating 1931

Earliest cite

a review of Olaf Stapledon

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1950 cite from Thrilling Wonder Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite from the title of George O. Smith's "The Trans-Galactic Twins".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1955 cite from Jack Vance's "Meet Miss Universe".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from Other Worlds Science Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from an editorial blurb in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1957 cite from Harlan Ellison's "Deeper Than the Darkness".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1954 cite from George O. Smith's "Spacemen Lost".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1990 reprint of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Shadow Out of Time": Mike Christie verified this in its first publication (Astounding Stories, June 1936)
Simon Koppel submitted a 1931 cite from a review of Olaf Stapledon's Last and First Men.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1931 reprint of Olaf Stapledon's Last and First Men; we would like to verify this in the original publication.

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