Saturnian adj.

of or relating to the the planet Saturn or its inhabitants


  • 1675 E. Sherburne in tr. M. Manilius Sphere App. 185

    This Saturnian Companion, after several Moneths Observation, he found to finish his Periodical Revolution it [sic] its Orbit about the Body of Saturn, in the space of sixteen dayes.

  • 1806 W. Herschel in Philosophical Transactions (Royal Society) (vol. 96) 466 page image

    The regularity of the alternate changes at the poles ought however to be observed for at least two or three of the Saturnian years. [Ibid.] From this and the foregoing observations on the change of the colour at the polar regions of Saturn arising most probably from a periodical alteration of temperature, we may infer the existence of a Saturnian atmosphere.

  • 1865 R. A. Proctor Saturn & its System 57 page image

    Instead of 365 days, however, the Saturnian year contains no less than 24,618 Saturnian days.

  • 1900 G. Griffith In Saturn’s Realm in Pearson’s Magazine May 426 page image George Griffith bibliography

    The relative position of the two giants of the Solar System at the moment when the Astronef left the surface of Ganymede, the third and largest satellite of Jupiter, was such that she had to make a journey of rather more than 340,000,000 miles before she passed within the confines of the Saturnian System.

  • 1922 J. Joyce Ulysses xvii. 652 page image James Joyce

    Conscious that the human organism, normally capable of sustaining an atmospheric pressure of 19 tons, when elevated to a considerable altitude in the terrestrial atmosphere suffered with arithmetical progression of intensity, according as the line of demarcation between troposphere and statosphere [sic] was approximated, from nasal hemorrhage, impeded respiration and vertigo, when proposing this problem for solution, he had conjectured as a working hypothesis which could not be proved impossible that a more adaptable and differently anatomically constructed race of beings might subsist otherwise under Martian, Mercurial, Veneral [sic], Jovian, Saturnian, Neptunian or Uranian sufficient and equivalent conditions, though an apogean humanity of beings created in varying forms wiih [sic] finite différences resulting similar to the whole and to one another would probably there as here remain inalterably and inalienably attached to vanities, to vanities of vanities and to all that is vanity.

  • 1931 ‘L. F. Stone’ Across Void in Amazing Stories Apr. iv. 24/1 page image Leslie F. Stone bibliography

    Nothing seems beyond the power of that tremendous brain! Why, then, with such a mind, should we be surprised that he is able to seek out the minds of those dwelling on this world, learn what there is to know of them, converse with them through the medium of the brain? I have seen it happen before—on one of the Saturnian moons. Only those people were unfriendly and we did not descend there, for we wished no trouble.

  • 1935 J. W. Campbell Contest of Planets in Amazing Stories Jan. 17/2 page image John W. Campbell, Jr. bibliography

    Mars does not belong solely and singly to the United States. She does not belong half to France, or one-third to Germany; neither do the Jovian Worlds, nor the Saturnian Worlds. Mars belongs solely and singly to the citizens of Mars.

  • 1951 L. Carter Letter in Planet Stories Sept. 106/2 page image Lin Carter

    Not that I have anything against this sort of story, but after seeing it so often it becomes tiresome. The story is always the same; hero is bronzed Earthman, heroine is proud Martian princess (or proud Veneusian [sic] sorceress, or proud Saturnian warrior-queen, etc cetera [sic]), villain who is a ruthless and ambitious fellow Martian or Venusian or Saturnian, who resents the Earthman, having a crush on said proud MP (or PVS, or PSWQ etc.). Repetition does not endear this sort of thing, it just becomes silly.

  • 1955 E. E. Smith Vilbar Party in Galaxy Science Fiction Jan. 41/2 page image Evelyn E. Smith bibliography

    ‘Welcome to Earth, dear Professor Gzann!’ she exclaimed, mispronouncing his name, of course. Bending down, she kissed him right upon his fuzzy forehead. Kissing was not a Saturnian practice, nor did Narni approve of it; however, he had read enough about Earth to know that Europeans sometimes greeted dignitaries in this peculiar way. Only this place, he had been given to understand, was not Europe but America.

  • 1961 A. C. Clarke Saturn Rising in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Mar. 49/2 page image Arthur C. Clarke bibliography

    [W]hen we brought our first piece of genuine Saturnian ring into the airlock, it melted down in a few minutes into a pool of muddy water. Some people think it spoils the magic to know that the rings—or 90% of them—are made of ordinary ice. But that’s a stupid attitude; they would be just as wonderful, just as beautiful, and no more so, if they were made of diamond.

  • 1970 K. Bulmer Scales of Friendship in Vision of Tomorrow May 48/1 page image Kenneth Bulmer bibliography

    The passenger from the taxi was swept up in the throng. Cullen caught a glimpse of a tall iridescent form, blue and green muted and intermingling like costly Saturnian satin, surrounded by jostling talons and claws, happily buffeted this way and that. The aliens laughed and sang and chirruped. They made a ghastly racket.

  • 1977 B. N. Malzberg Several Murders of Roger Ackroyd in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine Winter 79 page image Barry N. Malzberg bibliography

    I remind you, however, that a man of your obvious intelligence and scholarship might do well in some of the other branches offering current vacancies. For instance and for example we have at this time an opening for a science-fictionist specializing in Venerian counterplot and Saturnian struggle.

  • 1984 R. Silverberg Opinion in Amazing Science Fiction Stories Combined with Fantastic Stories Nov. 5 page image Robert Silverberg bibliography

    In the bad old days we used to find stories full of sinister Saturnian dope peddlers, nasty asteroid-belt mining tycoons, quick-on-the-blaster bounty hunters, and other mustache-twirling scoundrels. They were all male, of course. All the characters in SF stories were male, except for the scientist’s delicate daughter and the crusading newspaperwoman. We are in an age of liberation, now; and so we find stories populated by female dope peddlers, tycoons, and bounty hunters, just as villainous or even more so.

  • 1997 R. L. Forward Saturn Rukh vii. 279 page image Robert L. Forward bibliography

    The time to leave came sooner than they thought. Four Saturnian days later, as the light from the rising Sun was turning the ammonia clouds above them a bright reddish-orange, Rod checked in on the control deck after breakfast, taking over the pilot console to give Chastity a chance to have something to eat too.

  • 2004 P. Sargent Venus Flowers at Night in Year’s Best SF 10 (2005) 146 page image Pamela Sargent bibliography

    As oxygen was freed by the changes in the Venusian atmosphere, hydrogen would be needed to combine with the oxygen to form water. But setting up the Saturnian station and building the giant skyhooks that siphoned off the hydrogen had taken too great a share of the project’s resources. Karim was beginning to worry that some on the Council of Mukhtars might halt the process of terraforming at the stage they had already reached.

  • 2013 G. Cox Weight of Worlds i. 24 page image Greg Cox bibliography

    As usual, the holiday party embraces the varied cultures and traditions of the ship’s entire crew, celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza [sic], Diwali, Ramadan, mololo zam, and the Saturnian Blessing of the Rings, but I admit that I’m not terribly familiar with the customs of your people, Mister Spock. Are there any Vulcan holidays or rituals you would like us to include in the festivities?

Research requirements

antedating 1675

Research History
Ben Ostrowsky submitted most of the cites.

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