nightside adj.

of or relating to the nightside n.

  • 1935 S.G. Weinbaum Parasite Planet in Astounding Stories Feb. 69 (footnote) page image Stanley G. Weinbaum bibliography

    It was not known then that while the night-side life of Venus can eat and digest that of the day side, the reverse is not true. No day-side creature can absorb the dark life because of the presence of various metabolic alcohols, all poisonous.

  • 1935 S.G. Weinbaum Lotus Eaters in Astounding Stories Apr. 58/2

    Triops noctivivans actually is a night-side creature, and those in the mountains are outposts or fragments that've wandered into the sunless chasms.

  • 1958 ‘C. M. Knox’ Fueling Stop in Future Science Fiction Oct. 30/2 page image Robert Silverberg bibliography

    We were spiralling down to the surface of the planet for a nightside landing.

  • 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star xxiv. 801 Peter F. Hamilton

    They were a thousand kilometres above Anshun’s nightside equator, and curving round above the second-largest ocean.

  • 2005 R. J. Sawyer Mindscan xiii. 89 Robert J. Sawyer

    I watched as the nightside part of Earth—lenticular in this perspective, like a cat’s black pupil abutting the blue crescent of the dayside—kissed the gray lunar horizon.


Research requirements

any evidence 1935

Earliest cite

Stanley G. Weinbaum, The Lotus Eaters

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1959 reprint of Stanley G. Weinbaum's "The Lotus Eaters", which Mike Christie verified in we the original publication (Astounding Stories, April 1935)

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