space field n. 2
a place esp. on the surface of a planet where spacecraft can take off and land; = spaceport n.
Cf. airfield (1919 in OED).
There was no stir of life about the buildings that huddled between the space-field and the mountains.
Cosmic Engineers in Astounding Science-Fiction Feb. 58/2
He stared unseeingly at the vast, sprawling space field, with its dozens of mooring towers and expulsion tubes, repair pits and checking offices.
Mystery on Base Ten in Amazing Stories Jan. 221/2
Two big, gray-clad Lensmen stood upon the deserted spacefield.
Children of the Lens in Astounding Science-Fiction Nov. 19/2
The Shauls had sheared off and leveled the peak of an old volcano to make Aevelye’s space-field. When Paddy and Fay brought their boat down they found themselves overlooking a vast panorama of badlands, a chopped and hacked region of red, yellow, and green-gray rock.
Five Gold Bands in Startling Stories Nov. 54/2
The ‘space field’ was an arbitrarily defined area of ice, and the tower a plastic affair, rising about two hundred feet into the poisonous air.
Far from the Warming Sun in Galaxy Sept. 110/2
They left the Discorporate Sector and took the monorail through the tortuous remains of Transport Town, then along the edge of the space-field.
Babel-17 (1976) 39
Other buildings scattered here and there surrounded the space field.
Spork Conquers Civilization in Worlds of If July 70
The doctor’s eager seeking expression reminded him of the wretches who sometimes haunted spacefields, drawn by the glamor [sic] of space travel but lacking the necessary talent or wealth.
Airs of Earth in Amazing Stories Jan. 35
I’m going to set up a checkpoint at the space field, and I’m going to inspect the incoming…baggage.
Alien Porn in Interzone (#67) Jan. 29/2
I came to myself at the lock leading to the spacefield.
Babylon Sisters in Interzone (#168) June 21/1
A kilometre further on, Ellis saw the first signs of activity on the spacefield. Fliers came and went.
Helix Wars 309
Clifford Simak, "Cosmic Engineers", in Astounding
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