xenocide n.

the killing or attempted killing of an entire alien species; the killing of an individual alien; (also) a person who commits this act


  • 1973 K. Von Gunden Price of Honor in Worlds of If Dec. 20/1 page image Kenneth Von Gunden bibliography

    Intelligent life forms whose technology is inferior to our own are not to be exploited or subjected to xenocide.

  • 1979 R. A. Freitas, Jr. Illegal Aliens in Omni Nov. 108/2 page image Robert A. Freitas, Jr. bibliography

    Lawmakers should define the crime of xenocideβ€”the slaying of an extraterrestrial person by any other legal person. Xenocide could be committed with or without malice, intentionally, negligently, or accidentally.

  • 1986 O. S. Card Speaker for Dead 39 Orson Scott Card

    Through these Nordic layers of foreignness we can see that Ender was not a true xenocide, for when he destroyed the buggers, we knew them only as varelse.

  • 1991 M. McArthur Time Future (2001) 121

    None of the other inhabitants of the station seemed likely candidates for such a flamboyant xenocide.

  • 1991 J. D. Vinge Summer Queen (2003) 272 Joan D. Vinge bibliography

    It’s not just about the morality of committing xenocide; it’s about enlightened self-interest.

  • 2002 A. Reynolds Redemption Ark (2004) 22 Alastair Reynolds bibliography

    But what she sensed was an aeons-old litany of surgical xenocide; of a dreadful process of cleansing waged upon emergent sentient species.

Research requirements

antedating 1973

Research History

We would like to check the Robert Freitas quote from "Illegal Aliens" in its original appearance in Omni, November 1979.

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