Terrestrian n.

a native or inhabitant of earth; = Terrestrial n.


  • 1930 J. W. Campbell Black Star Passes in Amazing Stories Quarterly Fall 516/2 page image John W. Campbell, Jr. bibliography

    This rocket squad was composed almost solely of Terrestrians, for they were used to the greater gravity of Earth, and could stand greater acceleration than could Venerians.

  • 1948 Planet Stories Winter 128/1 (in figure)

    You better hand me those Planet Stories, or i'll blast you out of the universe, you miserable Terrestrian!

  • 1949 Astounding Science Fiction May 179

    In fact, I imported half a dozen Terrestrians five years back on agricultural laborer visas so they could oversee the robots. Now they can do wonders with the land, you know. Where they spit, corn grows fifteen feet high. Well, that helped a little. And using Terrestrian seed helped. But even if you grow Terrestrian grain, its seed won’t hold the next year.

  • 1950 Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 55/1

    How would it look for the First Administrator to go limping around the galaxies explaining that he was behind schedule because his ship got wrecked on Sol III and the Terrestrians were incapable of matching his drives?

Research requirements

antedating 1930

Earliest cite

John W. Campbell, Jr., 'The Black Star Passes'

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1930 cite from John W. Campbell, Jr.'s "The Black Star Passes".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite from a letter from J. Henk Sprenger in Planet Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from George O. Smith's "Troubled Star".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Hal Clement's "Cold Front".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1951 reprint of Isaac Asimov's 1949 "Mother Earth"; Mike Christie verified it in the original publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from Raymond F. Jones's "Tools of the Trade".

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