saucer people n.

= saucerians


  • [1950 ‘V. Statten’ Cosmic Flame ii. 17 page image John Russell Fearn bibliography

    Not even flying saucers can get past our Earth-barriers; they’re too sensitive for that. And also don’t forget that the flying-saucer people—whoever they may be—have no need to dictate terms by radio. They have enough power to smash everything on Earth at one blow if they wish: their far-reaching scientific knowledge, compared to ours, proves it.]

  • 1952 Editorial in Space Review Oct. 3 page image

    A very intelligent theory by one of our own members [sc. of the ‘International Flying Saucer Bureau’] has possibilities. He claims that the saucer-people may have discovered the fourth dimension. Having discovered this, they found a way of traveling that surpasses anything conceived by earthmen.

  • 1954 J. Highe What Rough Beast? in Galaxy Science Fiction July 91/2 page image Jefferson Highe bibliography

    ‘I want to try something,’ Ward told the boy. ‘I think I know how we can get in touch with the Saucer people.’ ‘But they have tried.’ ‘Yes, I know—the radio and blinker lights and all that. But maybe that’s the wrong way. Bobby, you’re a telepath, aren’t you?’

  • 1958 ‘P. F. Costello’ Universe Is Mine in Fantastic Apr. 121/2 page image bibliography

    Didn’t you see the truth in those Pentagon files, all those ‘fake’ communications, those ‘secrets’ the saucer people were supposed to be communicating to Earth’s military officials? These were only to provide the weapons with which man on Earth could accomplish his own destruction. They were baiting mankind.

  • 1967 R. Silverberg Those Who Watch (1977) x. 99 page image Robert Silverberg bibliography

    Now the screen showed the interior of the flying saucer. Gadgetry everywhere, computers and clicking things and gauges. There were the saucer people: superb specimens of transhuman life, muscular, magnificent, with expressions of ineffable wisdom. Now the ship was landing on Earth, popping down as easily as a feather.

  • 1969 F. Leiber When They Openly Walk in Galaxy Magazine Aug. 83/1 page image Fritz Leiber bibliography

    But surely you of all people, Mr. Hunter, ought to believe in flying saucers [...] Because for the last twenty-five years the saucer people have been telepathically giving all you science-fiction writers the ideas for all your stories, to prepare us humans for the day when they openly walk among us.

  • 1977 N. Spinrad Blackout in Cosmos Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine Sept. 53/1 page image Norman Spinrad bibliography

    I’ve got his attention, Cohen thought, grasping for conspiracy theories. If I lay it on thick, maybe he’ll buy an article on it. ‘What if there really are spaceships visiting Earth and the government knows about it? [...] The hawks want to keep the whole thing secret until they can develop a weapon to knock down the saucers and then use it to drive a big increase in the Pentagon budget through Congress. The moderates want to inform the world and try to negotiate with the saucer people and thus strengthen detente.’

  • 1981 W. Gibson Gernsback Continuum in Universe 11 (1983) 107 page image William Gibson bibliography

    Quit yelling and listen to me. I’m letting you in on a trade secret: really bad media can exorcise your semiotic ghosts. If it keeps the saucer people off my back, it can keep these Art Deco futuroids off yours. Try it. What have you got to lose?

  • 1993 S. Baker Virus Dreams in Omni Best Science Fiction Three 221 page image Scott Baker bibliography

    And if he couldn’t convince Claire, when she loved him or at least used to and she already knew he had been hired for a secret project by people who were willing to pay unreasonably huge amounts of money, then who could he convince? The people who read those supermarket tabloids that always ran stories about Elvis’s bimonthly reincarnations and women whose unborn children were stolen from their wombs by Satanic saucer people?

  • 2002 T. Easton Reference Library in Analog Science Fiction & Fact Dec. 135/2 (review) Thomas A. Easton bibliography

    I can hardly review it, but I can certainly tell you it exists: My The Great Flying Saucer Conspiracy is now available from Wildside Press [...] It pretends to tell you what the saucer people are really up to and why. Mike Resnick accuses me of making science fiction fun again.

  • 2013 C. Donally Cat Nap xvii. 211 page image

    People are being very generous with their information. I just hope we’ll be able to figure out what’s useful. One nut actually claimed she saw a cat being stolen off the street. I figure by tomorrow, we’ll be hearing about the saucer people either dropping cats off or taking them away.

Research requirements

antedating 1952

Earliest cite

Unsigned editorial in Space Review, the official organ of the ‘International Flying Saucer Bureau’

Research History
Irene Grumman submitted a 1967 cite from Robert Silverberg's "Those Who Watch".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1954 cite from Jefferson Highe's "What Rough Beast?"
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a number of cites.

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