out-system adv.

in or toward the outer parts of a solar system; away from a solar system’s star; outside of a solar system; cf. in-system adv.

  • 1951 ‘A. MacDuff’ Experimentum Crucis in Astounding Science Fiction Mar. 95/1 page image H. B. Fyfe bibliography

    Maybe I’ll just stop off on my way out-system.

  • 1967 K. Laumer Spaceman! in Worlds of If June 126/1 page image Keith Laumer bibliography

    We pushed on, hearing rumors, legends, hints that a vessel like the one I described had been seen once, long ago, or had visited the next world out-system, or that creatures like Srat had been found, dead, on an abandoned moon.

  • 1979 L. E. Modesitt, Jr. Iron Man, Plastic Ships in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine Oct. 121 page image L. E. Modesitt, Jr. bibliography

    Apollo two and Angel two were both drifting up and out-system as they orbited each other.

  • 1993 M. Kallenberger Faces in the Sky in Amazing Stories Jan. 54/1 page image Michael Kallenberger bibliography

    The father that Jim Parsevere had just been getting to know—after divorce had sent him a continent away, after a five-year tour of duty out-system, after still more years apart because of the old man’s stubbornness—that father would be dead for a hundred years or more by the time Jim awakened.

  • 2007 L. E. Modesitt, Jr. Elysium Commission xxv. 177 page image L. E. Modesitt, Jr. bibliography

    Every one of them has been sent out-system in the last year. They haven’t returned.

Research requirements

antedating 1951

Earliest cite

H. B. Fyfe, writing as Andrew MacDuff

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from H. B. Fyfe's "Implode and Peddle".

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