Terrestrian n.

a native or inhabitant of Earth; = Terrestrial n. 1


  • 1807 Port Folio (vol. 4, no. 16) 17 Oct. 241/2 page image

    Why is it…that your habitation, has so much influence upon the minds of many terrestrians?

  • 1873 Approaching Transit of Venus in Edinburgh Review July 146 page image

    If one man stood at some given point on the earth, and a second man was placed at some opposite spot of its circumference exactly a full diameter of the earth away, and an observer in the sun looked forth upon these two Terrestrians, he would see them an earth’s breadth asunder.

  • 1883 A. Bierce Devil’s Dictionary in The Wasp 6 Oct. 11/1 page image Ambrose Bierce

    Executive…. An officer of the Government whose duty it is to enforce the wishes of the legislative power until such time as the judicial department shall be pleased to pronounce them mischievous and of no effect…. Lunarian: Then when your Congress has passed a law it goes directly to the Supreme Court in order that it may at once be known whether it is constitutional. Terrestrian: O no; it does not require the approval of the Supreme Court until having perhaps been enforced for many years somebody objects to its operation against himself.

  • 1927 A. Maurois War Against the Moon in The Forum July 133/2 page image

    If every youngster in the World is not convinced within three months that every inhabitant of the Moon is a monster, and that the first duty of every Terrestrian is to hate and destroy the Moon, then I'll fire my editorial writers. But I am not worried about that. They know their business.

  • 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.

  • 1934 A. L. Zagat Spoor of the Bat in Astounding Stories July 76/1 page image Arthur Leo Zagat bibliography

    I could make out the booming of the big-chested Martians, the high screaming of the fishmen, the shouting of Terrestrians, merging in a crowd-noise that could be heard nowhere but in the system’s space ports.

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

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

  • 1949 I. Asimov Mother Earth in Astounding Science Fiction May 77/2 page image Poul Anderson bibliography

    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 R. F. Jones Tools of the Trade in Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 55/1 page image Raymond F. Jones bibliography

    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?

  • 1959 B. Wells Utility Girl in Science Fiction Stories May 32/1 page image Basil Wells bibliography

    In space, the Lasdians had proved their worth over we Terrestrians—they could withstand accelleration and extremes of temperature that would render us helpless.

Research requirements

antedating 1807

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".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1906 cite from Ambrose Bierce's "The Cynic's Word Book", the original name for what was later published as "The Devil's Dictionary"; Jesse Sheidlower verified it in the original serialization in The Wasp newspaper in 1883.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1927 cite from André Maurois.

We have not yet bothered to research early (pre-SF) evidence for this term.

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