Vestan adj.

of or relating to the asteroid Vesta or its inhabitants


  • 1941 N. Schachner Jurisdiction in Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 15/1 page image Nat Schachner bibliography

    Mighty flexible and generous, the Vestan corporation laws, sir. Nothing like those of Earth and Mars. Initial fees nominal, sir, and the taxes are practically nothing.

  • 1959 I. Asimov Anniversary in Amazing Science Fiction Stories Mar. 27/1 page image Isaac Asimov bibliography

    I was on Vesta about ten-eleven years ago, and I asked if the piece of the wreck we brought down was still there and they said sure, who would cart it away? So I thought I’d take a look at it and shot over by reaction motor strapped to my back. With Vestan gravity, you know, a reaction motor is all you need.

  • 1982 S. Webb Earthchild (1983) iii. i. 136 page image Sharon Webb bibliography

    If we employ subliminals equating Vestan patriotism with Renascence, we should neutralize public opinion fairly rapidly. Within fourteen days, I would say. [...] Enthusiasm for the project will take more time. A three-vee drama showing children of Vesta in the Renascence environment might do nicely.

  • 1987 T. R. McDonough Architects of Hyperspace vii. 58 page image Thomas R. McDonough bibliography

    The hotel was not one of the more memorable examples of Vestan architecture. Constructed in the Polka Dot Period, it bore large green dots on an orange field; the color combination made her stomach twinge. It stood ten stories tall and was frayed at the edges. She entered the lobby.

  • 2004 S. Shwartz Hostile Takeover xv. 151 page image Susan Shwartz bibliography

    She let them lead her over to the stationary treadmill and help her strap in. Yes, Ms. understood she had to work up to her full speed, whatever that was. The ’mill whirred into action, and she leaned into it, her legs extending in the long, long Vestan strides that made it easy to rack up immense distances without a whole lot of resistance. Overhead, the monitors showed news, market reports, and announcements.

  • 2019 P. Barton Midway on Waves in Analog Science Fiction & Fact May–June 117/2 page image Phoebe Barton

    ‘Citizen’s arrest! Citizen’s arrest!’ The shouter was a belter, stretched and lanky with wild eyes and an unshaven face, hanging from a battered frame pitted with dents and with colors gone raw. Vestan accent, too—just great. ‘You’re a sovereign profiteer of destruction! You’re a threat to the all! I place you under citizen’s arrest on behalf of the proud people of this moon!’

Research requirements

antedating 1941

Earliest cite

Nat Schachner, in Astounding

Research History
Suggested, and most cites submitted, by Ben Ostrowsky.

Last modified 2022-03-10 15:41:52
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