space-burned adj.

space-tanned to the point of burning

  • 1942 ‘W. Stewart’ Collision Orbit in Astounding Science-Fiction July 81/1 page image Jack Williamson bibliography

    But a slow brown smile softened old Jim Drake’s rugged, space-burned face, and the old, eager light came slowly back to his eyes. [Ibid. 82/1] Drake pushed away his papers, with awkward space-burned hands.

  • 1944 L. Brackett Veil of Astellar in Thrilling Wonder Stories Spring 57/2 page image Leigh Brackett bibliography

    His hair was as black as mine used to be, his skin space-burned dark and leathery.

  • 1946 R. S. Shaver Earth Slaves to Space in Amazing Stories Sept. 39/2 page image Richard S. Shaver bibliography

    They peered through the darkness in the cell and one tall, space-burned female, her burly body aglitter with metal ornaments, and with a long dis-ray hung on each hip, her leather harness chased with figures of the outlandish animals of Tiran, cried: ‘Here they are; two slaves who flaunt their murder of our highest and our best, Divnani, the kindest, most worthy of all the Tiran women!’

  • 1969 B. Walton Troubling of Star in Venture Science Fiction Magazine May 98/1 Bryce Walton bibliography

    His shaven head and face, in contrast to Rubin’s hollow-eyed pallor, was space-burned to dark mahogany.

  • 1991 K. Laumer Judson’s Eden 17 Keith Laumer bibliography

    As always, the sight of the space-burned tugs and shuttles in their ranked cradles in the ready area gave him a lift of spirits no less than the majestic bulk of the great deep-space hulls across the field, before the bright-lit service hangers.

  • 2011 ‘M. J. Locke’ Up Against It xxvii. 359 page image Laura J. Mixon bibliography

    I only caught a glimpse. A young man, I think. A big white guy with a spaceburned face. One of his arms was missing.

Research requirements

antedating 1942

Earliest cite

"Will Stewart" (a.k.a. Jack Williamson), in Astounding

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1977 reprint of Leigh Brackett's 1944 "The Veil of Astellar".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1969 cite from Bryce Walton's "Troubling of a Star".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1963 cite from Jerome Bixby's "The Bad Life".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Richard S. Shaver's "Earth Slaves to Space".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2011 cite from M. J. Locke.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1942 cite from "Will Stewart"'s "Collision Orbit", in Astounding.

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