Rigellian adj.

of, relating to, or characteristic of the Rigel system or its inhabitants

Also Rigelian.


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

    From Rigellian captives a very little had been learned. It was extremely difficult to establish communication—vegetative thought processes could not readily be transmuted into recognizable form.

  • 1937 E. E. Smith Galactic Patrol in Astounding Stories Nov. x. 135/1 page image Edward E. Smith bibliography

    The lock was pumped to a vacuum; there was a hiss of entering air; a spray of vaporous liquid bathed every inch of the vessel’s surface, and Kinnison felt again the calm voice of Tregonsee, the Rigellian Lensman.

  • 1943 B. Bovard Castor Oil and Pirates in Light Apr. 3 page image Barbara E. Bovard bibliography

    What in the name of Rigellian rose-vines are you doing here? Who are you? How did you get into the ship?

  • 1950 J. Blish Okie in Astounding Science Fiction Apr. 98/1 page image James Blish

    In one jeweled hand he held a heavy goblet half full of fuming Rigellian wine—it must have come from the city’s stores, for the Hruntans had had no contact with Rigel for centuries.

  • 1978 G. Collins Tips for Intergalactic Travel in N. Y. Times 12 Feb. (International section) 24/3 page image

    Is restaurant tipping to be recommended? In planetside eateries, it is correct to tip your room steward, table steward, headwaiter and wine steward. An exception is the average Rigellian restaurant, where le service est tout compris.

  • 1997 A. Norton & S. Smith Mind for Trade (1998) ix. 92 page image Andre Norton Sherwood Smith bibliography

    She tweeted her thanks, and turned back to the climb, her crest flattened out in concentration-and-effort mode. Noting it, Dane enjoyed a private grin. There was no psi connection with his little Rigelian apprentice, but he didn’t need one. That flexible webbed crest, and her expressive whistles and chirps, made her emotions clear enough. As they rounded the last of the outcropping of rock and walked across a wide, flattened area, he wondered if she was even capable of hiding her reactions.

  • 2013 P. Reeve The Fourth Doctor: The Roots of Evil in Doctor Who: 12 Doctors 12 Stories (2014) 157 page image Philip Reeve bibliography

    I’d say about twenty feet; that’s about six metres, or roughly….let me see….two and a half Rigellian floons. [ellipses in orig.]

Research requirements

antedating 1937

Earliest cite

Nat Schachner (as ‘Chan Corbett’), in Astounding

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from Fritz Leiber's "The Enchanted Forest".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from Cyril Judd's "Mars Child".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from Kendell Foster Crossen's "The Caphian Caper".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1952 reprint of Fritz Leiber's 1952 "The Foxholes of Mars".
Fred Galvin located a reference to the story "Habits of the Rigelian Nightfox" by Ed Bianchi (If 11-12/71).

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