Sirian n. 1

a native or inhabitant of the Sirius system


  • 1834 J. Chickering Heavenly Bodies Inhabited in Scientific Tracts and Family Lyceum 1 Sept. 138 page image

    Voltaire says that a young man, Micromegas, from one of the planets which revolve about the star Sirius, was eight leagues, or twenty-four miles high, and that he must have measured fifty thousand feet round the waist, or about ten miles, in order to bear the same proportion to the size of that planet, and these mere good proportions for beauty. At the age of 450, his beard was just beginning to grow. To the Sirian, an inhabitant of the planet Saturn, by whom he was accompanied on his travels, appeared as a dwarf, with the height of six thousand feet.

  • 1876 J. P. Sofford My Stars! in Pulaski Citizen (Pulaski, Tennessee) 21 Sept. 1/5 page image

    In about 8½ minutes the first ray of light reaches us from the sun, after he rises in the morning. Now, although that is traveling pretty fast, yet it would take a ray of light, starting from Sirius, 23 years to reach us here; it will take the Sirians 23 years waiting to see the glories of our one hundredth liberty year, and the splendid show of the Centennial at Philadelphia, the gathering of the fruits of the great republic, and the gathering of the fruits of the nations of the earth will not dazzle their eyes until about the year 1900.

  • 1900 R. W. Cole Struggle for Empire xii. 167 Robert W. Cole bibliography

    But they had fought bravely and well, for they had destroyed more than double their number of the Sirian ships. The Sirians delayed at the moon for some days to reorganize their fleets and arrange their plans for the future; then they dashed across the intervening space, and prepared to break down the last line of defence that was left to the Anglo-Saxons.

  • 1942 ‘H. Clement’ Proof in Astounding Science-Fiction June 103/2 page image Hal Clement bibliography

    During the conversation, the Sirian had periodically tested the atmosphere beyond the hull. He spoke, rather absently, as though concentrating on something other than his words.

  • 1949 J. H. Schmitz Witches of Karres in Astounding Science-Fiction Dec. 27/2 page image James H. Schmitz bibliography

    The captain, in a whirl of outraged emotions, was yelling…at the Sirian to go to Great Patham’s Second Hell.

  • 1961 R. Garrett Random Choice in Fantastic Mar. 47/1 page image Randall Garrett

    ‘Oh, the ship is definitely slowing down,’ said the Sirian.

  • 1963 C. Goldsmith in Amazing Stories Jan. 125/1 page image Cele Goldsmith

    [Responding to a letter about Venus-related terms] Just think of the problems when we finally reach, say, the star system of Sirius. If we call the folks there ‘Sirians,’ how do you think the Terran Syrians will react?

  • 1981 D. Lessing Sirian Experiments 12 page image Doris Lessing bibliography

    The end of the Conference was marked by all kinds of festivities and jollities. We were taken on trips to other Canopean colonies; invited, ‘if we were in that part of the Galaxy,’ to visit them for as long as we liked—the usual courtesies. Back on our Home Planet we Sirians lost no time. Planets in the healthy, vigorous condition of Rohanda were—and are—rare. We of the Colonial Service were all delighted and full of optimism. Incidentally, it was at that Conference that Rohanda acquired its name.

  • 1991 D. Redd When Jesus Came to the Moon for Christmas in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan. 142 page image David Redd bibliography

    I had 2 billion potential viewers, except that my Sirian hadn’t arrived, and I didn’t have a studio to put him in. If Roskonnor didn’t go on the air tonight, nobody on Earth would ever trust a Sirian again.

  • 1996 L. Jaivin Rock 'n' Roll Babes from Outer Space 63 page image Linda Jaivin bibliography

    The aliens didn’t often have a chance for interplanetary get-togethers. So, despite the alleged seriousness of the crisis at hand, when Qwerk called the meeting to order, most were still chatting excitedly, catching up on news, and showing each other some of the knickknacks they’d abducted on recent trips to Earth. A Cherub had scored a dolphin-shaped dildo, which a Sirian was now sticking up one of his three nostrils, to general amusement.

  • 2008 A. C. Crispin & K. Johnson V: Original Miniseries ii. 44 page image A. C. Crispin Kenneth Johnson bibliography

    Donovan grinned at her, making no attempt to deny it. ‘She’s got everything... brains... looks...’ ‘And a figure that doesn’t quit.’ Kristine laughed, watching Diana in profile. ‘But would you want your sister to marry a Sirian?’

  • 2013 J. E. Gunn Transcendental i. 13 page image James E. Gunn bibliography

    There were thirty-seven in the waiting room, not counting the Terminal officials—a couple other human males; a barrel-like Sirian with small, hooded eyes and a round hole for a mouth; an Alpha Centauran with a feathery topknot, a fierce-looking beak, and vestigial wings; and several whose home world he could not identify.

Research requirements

antedating 1834

Research History
Suggested by Simon Koppel.
Many cites were submitted by Ben Ostrowsky.
The 1876 quote is reprinted from ‘the Interior’. We would like to find the original source.

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