out-system n.

an area outside of a solar system

  • 1957 P. K. Dick Unreconstructed M in Science Fiction Stories Jan. 36/2 page image Philip K. Dick bibliography

    ‘Where you planning to go?’ ‘Toward Center,’ Tirol said. ‘Center’ was the term used in out-systems for the Sol Group.

  • 1963 B. Aldiss Under-Privileged in New Worlds Science Fiction May 31 page image Brian W. Aldiss bibliography

    I guess you two are from out-system…. I’ve seen people from out-system amazed at our microfab circuit before.

  • 1967 K. Laumer Spaceman! in Worlds of If June 113/2 page image Keith Laumer bibliography

    All right, chaps, just in from out-system, eh?

  • 1986 ‘C. J. Cherryh’ Chaunur’s Homecoming 169 C. J. Cherryh bibliography

    A destruct mechanism on the station might be set to blow on a signal sent from outsystem.

  • 1992 V. Vinge Fire upon the Deep (2011) 145 Vernor Vinge bibliography

    The cries of battle horror from out-system dwindled.

  • 2013 C. Stross Neptune’s Brood 309 Charles Stross bibliography

    If they receive the right message, countersigned by Hector SystemBank to prove it has been sent from out-system, they’ll delete my backup.


Research requirements

antedating 1963

Earliest cite

Brian Aldiss, in New Worlds

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