terrestial n.

a person from Earth; a human


  • 1930 R. F. Starzl Planet of Dread in Astounding Stories of Super-Science Aug. 152/2 page image R. F. Starzl bibliography

    Despite his hunger Forepaugh did not dare eat any of it, knowing that this species, strange to him, might easily be one of the many on Inra that are poisonous to terrestials. [Ibid. 157/2] ‘What the hell’s going on here?’ asked the cocky little terrestial who was skipper, stepping out and surveying the castaways.

  • 1936 ‘C. Dane’ American Fairy Tales in Fortnightly Apr. 469

    I opened Astonishing Stories recently on a picture of a piece of travel machinery much more marvellous than Prince Camaralzamen’s flying horse. It is lit by Aladdin lamps and guarded by two ‘terrestials’; for in these stories people of our earth are never called human beings.

  • 1942 F. Kummer Pied Piper of Mars in Planet Stories Spring 88/1 Frederic Arnold Kummer, Jr. bibliography

    Before the night is out, all terrestials on Mars will be imprisoned or dead.

  • 1952 E. C. Tubb Third Party in New Worlds Mar. 54 page image E. C. Tubb bibliography

    ‘He shouldn’t have died as he did. Something went wrong. What?’…‘I don’t know. Terrestials are still something of an unknown quantity.’

  • 1964 B. W. Aldiss Pink Plastic Gods in Science Fantasy June–July 17 page image Brian W. Aldiss bibliography

    The rumour’s been fostered, I guess, by the Spatial Anti-Miscegenation Laws of twenty-seventy, forbidding Terrestials and Uffitsians to marry in case they beget freaks.

  • 1980 G. Kitsock Intergalactical Gourmandizing in Hoya (Georgetown University) 1 Feb. 5/5 page image

    The TV and radio ads clearly imply that these constituents of the American diet circa 1980 are the staple food throughout the galaxy, even in the Klingon deep space empire. If we are going to enlighten terrestials and lift their cultural tastes, this is as good a place to start as any.

Research requirements

antedating 1930

Earliest cite

R. F. Starzl, "The Planet of Dread"

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1942 cite from Frederic A. Kummer, Jr.'s "Pied Piper of Mars".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1936 cite from a reprint of Clemence Dane's "American Fairy Tales" which Jeff Prucher verified in the original 1936 publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Wallace West's "The Time-Lockers".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Emmett McDowell's "Beyond the Yellow Fog".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1930 cite from R. F. Starzl.
Simon Koppel submitted a 1980 cite from the Georgetown student newspaper.

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