Rigellian n. 1

a native or inhabitant of the Rigel system

Also Rigelian.


  • 1937 ‘C. Corbett’ Beyond Infinity in Astounding Stories Jan. i. 10/1 page image Nat Schachner bibliography

    After the first stunned shock of surprise, however, the nations of the world rallied, sank their sectional differences, and in the great Interstellar War of 3207 overwhelmed the intruders, and slew them to the very last Rigellian. In the doing, however, a billion humans died.

  • 1937 E. E. Smith Galactic Patrol in Astounding Stories Nov. x. 138/1 page image Edward E. Smith bibliography

    ‘You are sure that I would be of no help to you?’ asked the Rigellian, half pleadingly.

  • 1941 E. E. Smith Vortex Blaster in Comet July 14/1 page image Edward E. Smith

    Without knowing how he had arrived at it, he knew the answer; just as the Posenian or the Rigellian is able to perceive every separate component particle of an opaque, three-dimensional solid, but without being able to explain to anyone how his sense of perception works.

  • 1954 M. Z. Bradley Crime Therapist in Future Science Fiction Oct. 93/1 page image Marion Zimmer Bradley

    The Rigellian named Rhoum murmured sibilantly, ‘You realize, Mr. Colby, that this operation is illegal?’

  • 1960 N. M. Lobsenz Editorial in Fantastic May 5 page image Norman M. Lobsenz bibliography

    The bad news was voiced by Dr. Zdenek Kopal—whom you might think was a Rigelian or an Arcturian, but who actually is a professor at England’s Manchester University.

  • 1964 M. A. De Ford Inside Story in Gamma (#3) June 73/1 page image

    Our co-pilot, a nice old gal…was a Rigelian, there was Xo, and there was me.

  • 1969 S. A. Stricklen Jr. May All Your Enemies Go to Hell! in Double:Bill (#19) Jan. 37 page image

    Incidently, [sic] Rigellians should avoid America during Xmas. I saw one poor Rigellian trapped atop an Xmas tree for nearly a month; every time he got down, the American put him up again with the appropriate incantations in dialect. The poor fellow finally escaped through an exhaust vent in the roof, but only after a truly hair-raising encounter with an enormous American in a red suit who chanted continuously HOE HOE HOE.

  • 1983 W. Salomon 83rd Conference on the Human Question in Amazing Stories Mar. 79 page image Warren Salomon bibliography

    ‘I agree with Altair,’ said the multi-limbed Rigellian.

  • 1997 A. Norton & S. Smith Mind for Trade (1998) xxiii. 247 page image Andre Norton Sherwood Smith bibliography

    ‘Off to the next port,’ Van Ryke repeated, and then he said with mock solemnity, ‘so don’t use up all that energy. You’ll be working up a fine sweat when we tackle moving cargo over to the Star.’ ‘Rigelians don’t sweat!’ she said, whistling a laugh.

  • 2015 B. N. Malzberg & B. Pronzini Transfer Point in Analog Science Fiction & Fact Apr. 50/2 Barry N. Malzberg Bill Pronzini bibliography

    Every day it was our responsibility to carefully screen and either pass through or reject travelers from all comers of the known Universe. Creatures such as green-speckled and lavender-hued Altairians, striped Melnusian miners, porcine Poldrogs, falcon-worshipping Rigelians, Archiporteyx spiritbearers, Titanian slitherers, Aldebarian musicians with their long trilling snouts, and of course the variegate new breeds from planets only recently swept by Federation troops and pronounced benign by Federation exobiologists.

Research requirements

antedating 1937

Earliest cite

Nat Schachner, writing as "Chan Corbett", in Astounding

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1941 cite from "Doc" Smith's "Vortex Blaster", in Comet.
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1942 cite from Anthony Boucher's "Rocket to the Morgue".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from Kendell Foster Crossen's "The Caphian Caper".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from Gordon Dewey's "Hoiman and the Solar Circuit".
Fred Galvin located a reference to the story "The Regal Rigelian" by Kendell Foster Crossen (Thrilling Wonder Stories, 2/52).
Fred Galvin located a reference to the 1967 book "The Rival Rigellians" by Mack Reynolds.

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