deep-space adj.

of or in deep space n.

  • 1937 E. E. Smith Galactic Patrol in Astounding Stories Sept. 21/2 page image Edward E. Smith bibliography

    The young commander, seated at his conning plate, clenched his fists and swore a startled deep-space oath as his eyes swept over the delicately accurate meters and gauges before him; for under the frightful impact of that instantaneously launched attack his outer screen was already down and his second was beginning to crack!

  • 1937 E. E. Smith Galactic Patrol in Astounding Stories Dec. 73/1 page image Edward E. Smith bibliography

    Part of the time he spent in the speedster dashing hither and yon. Most of it, however, he spent in the vastly more comfortable mauler; to the armored side of which his tiny vessel clung with magnetic clamps while he slept and ate, gossiped and read, exercised and played with the mauler’s officers and crew, in deep-space comradery.

  • 1939 E. E. Smith in Astounding Science-Fiction Oct. 26/2 page image Edward E. Smith bibliography

    I never could see how you deep-space men can really understand what you’re doing—either the frightful speeds at which you travel, the distance you cover, or the way your communicators work.

  • 1948 ‘M. Leinster’ Planet of Sand in Famous Fantastic Mysteries Feb. 93/2 Murray Leinster

    The Bowdoin-Hall field, which permits of faster-than-light travel, is like a pulsating bubble, expanding and contracting at rates ranging from hundreds of thousands of times per second to the forty-per-second of deep-space speed.

  • 1948 K. Putnam Dud in Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr. 92/2

    He won’t take any back talk from even an ex-army guy. It’s a shame we have to have two separate services in the first place. Crazy jurisdictional squabbles in the middle of a war whether a battle is deep-space or planet-based.

  • 1949 R. A. Heinlein Green Hills of Earth in Invasion From Mars 38 Robert A. Heinlein

    He had worked the Luna run in her and had been along on the first deep-space trip, to Drywater, on Mars—and back, to everyone’s surprise.

  • 1951 J. H. Schmitz Space Fear in Astounding Science Fiction Mar. 21/2 James H. Schmitz bibliography

    It’s an exceptional Illusionist, you know, who won’t play around with deep-space effects in every conceivable variation.

  • 1968 S. E. Whitfield in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ i. vi. 79 bibliography

    We're not going to Mars, or any of that sort of limited thing. It will be like a deep-space exploration vessel, operating throughout our galaxy.

  • 1973 A. C. Clarke Rendezvous with Rama (1974) 215 Arthur C. Clarke

    This bomb was built for a specific deep-space mission, and it will be fitted with all sorts of safety devices to prevent detonation except on a positive command.

  • 1976 C. Holland Floating Worlds (1977) 89 Cecelia Holland bibliography

    I've never been in a deepspace ship before.

  • 1980 D. Brin Sundiver i. ii. 17 David Brin

    Here was old Uncle Jeremey gabbing on and on about all that old nonsense, and Alice—lucky Alice whose turn it was to risk the oldsters' ire and listen in on the tap they'd placed on the house deepspace receiver—what was it she had heard!

  • 1988 ‘C. J. Cherryh’ Cyteen 31 C. J. Cherryh

    Are they finally going to get that deep-space construction?

  • 1991 O. S. Card Xenocide viii. 115 Orson Scott Card

    But the single shuttle used by the humans of Lusitania would hardly do for transporting material outward for any kind of major deepspace construction program.

  • 1993 SFRA Rev. Jan. 106

    There’s hard science aplenty…physics of deep sea submersibles…deep space observing telescopes.

  • 2015 A. D. Foster Force Awakens 132 Alan Dean Foster bibliography

    A battered and infuriated Bala-Tik took time out from bemoaning the loss of his men and equipment to activate a deep-space contact via the freighter’s still-functional communications system.

Research requirements

antedating 1937

Earliest cite

"Doc" Smith, in Astounding

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted cites from the 1950 first book publication of E.E. Smith's "Galactic Patrol"; Jesse Sheidlower verified these in the story's 1937 serialization in Astounding.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite from "Planet of Sand" by Murray Leinster (pseudonym of Will F. Jenkins)
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1949 reprint of Robert A. Heinlein's "The Green Hills of Earth": we would like to verify this in its first publication (Saturday Evening Post, February 8 1947).
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2015 cite from Alan Dean Foster.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from James H. Schmitz's "Space Fear"

Earliest cite in the OED: 1952

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