scout ship n.

a usu. small and fast spaceship used for reconnaissance


  • 1930 S. P. Wright Forgotten Planet in Astounding Stories July 92/2 page image Sewell Peaslee Wright bibliography

    The news came to us by a small scout ship attached to that unhappy world.

  • 1934 E. E. Smith Skylark of Valeron in Astounding Stories Aug. 19/2 page image Edward E. Smith bibliography

    Instead of patrolling a certain volume of space, each scout ship takes up a fixed post just inside the outer detector zone.

  • 1949 A. C. Clarke Hide and Seek in Astounding Science Fiction Sept. 70/2 page image Arthur C. Clarke bibliography

    He had half expected the spy to land on Mars, on the principle that internment was better than annihilation, but when the plotting room brought the news that the little scout ship was heading for Phobos, he felt completely baffled.

  • 1954 W. Tenn Project Hush in Galaxy Feb. 103/1 page image William Tenn bibliography

    They know we are here—either from watching us land a couple of hours ago or from observing Tom’s scout[-]ship—or they do not know we are here.

  • 1967 L. Niven Soft Weapon in Worlds of If Feb. 9/2 page image Larry Niven bibliography

    He had come running back to the scout ship, breathless and terrified, screaming, ‘Take off! The planet’s full of monsters!’

  • 1975 A. D. Foster Mudd’s Passion in Star Trek: Log Three vii. 120 page image Alan Dean Foster bibliography

    The shuttlecraft hangar was filled with the normal complement of offship Starfleet vehicles. There was a small, superfast scout ship, a heavily armored landing vehicle for worlds with surfaces even more inhospitable than the one rumored to, be revolving beneath them, and a hovercraft for those planets with totally antagonistic surfaces, or even none at all.

  • 1986 O. S. Card Speaker for the Dead Prologue p. xxiii page image Orson Scott Card bibliography

    In the year 1830, after the formation of Starways Congress, a robot scout ship sent a report by ansible: The planet it was investigating was well within the parameters for human life.

  • 1993 A. McCaffrey & S. M. Stirling City Who Fought iv. 71 page image Anne McCaffrey S. M. Stirling bibliography

    The brain/brawn scout ship is too claustrophobic and limited. I like dealing with a lot of people.

  • 2004 I. M. Banks Algebraist iv. 259 page image Iain M. Banks bibliography

    It boasted a crew of just five apart from its captain and was rotund and slow, but was—for some reason lost in the mists of Dweller military logic—still registered as an uncommitted privateer scout ship and so cleared to make her way within the war zone and, one might hope, liable to pass any consequent challenge save one conducted by opening fire prior to negotiations.

  • 2019 C. J. Anders City in the Middle of the Night iv. 217 Charlie Jane Anders bibliography

    Our ancestors had drones! They had shuttles, scoutships, survival suits. They had computers! And most of it is just sitting out there, where it got crashed by the weather, or the wildlife.

Research requirements

antedating 1930

Earliest cite

Sewell Peaslee Wright

Research History
Suggested by Ben Ostrowsky.

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