space-suited adj.

wearing a space-suit

  • 1934 E. E. Smith Triplanetary in Amazing Stories Mar. 35/2 page image Edward E. Smith bibliography

    The space-suited mechanics leapt to their tasks; and in only a little more time than had been mentioned by the chief engineer the hull and giant frame of the supership were as staunch as of yore.

  • 1937 E. E. Smith in Astounding Stories Sept. 31/1 Edward E. Smith

    Space-suited complete, except for helmets, and with those ready at hand, Kinnison and VanBuskirk sat in the tiny control room of their lifeboat as it drifted inert through interstellar space.

  • 1939 C. Simak in Astounding Science Fiction Feb. 59/1

    As he spoke, the lock of the radio shack opened and a spacesuited figure strode across the field to meet them.

  • 1941 H. Walton Scrambler in Astounding Science Fiction Apr. 70/1

    Spacesuited men clinging to the Argonaut’s life lines gripped the net tighter as their prey floated into it.

  • 1942 G. O. Smith QRM–Interplanetary in Astounding Science Fiction Oct. 127/2 George O. Smith

    The air lock was opened and space-suited figures swarmed over the mile-wide end of the station.

  • 1952 C. Oliver First to Stars in W. F. Nolan Edge of Forever (1971) 255 Chad Oliver

    The efficient team of the launch, spacesuited for protection, swung the emergency air lock and cutter into position.

  • 1967 N. R. Jones Space War in Space War 73

    Two ships dropped behind to pick up the machine men who still survived among the wreckage. Organic Zoromes, unless spacesuited, were doomed in this instance.

  • 1970 P. Anderson Tau Zero (1973) 140 Poul Anderson bibliography

    The squat, unhuman forms of spacesuited men, the long curve of the hull, were seen as gleams, disconnected and fugitive.

  • 1979 J. P. Hogan Two Faces of Tomorrow (1987) 303 James P. Hogan

    She had reached and door and was about to go through when she saw the two spacesuited figures lying behind a low barricade at the edge of the catwalk, keeping a watch out over the floor below.

  • 1993 D. Beason & K. J. Anderson Assemblers of Infinity xx.189 Kevin J. Anderson Doug Beason bibliography

    Parvu could see the dark form of a spacesuited body caught among the twisted controls.

  • 2020 E. Bear Machine i. 9 Elizabeth Bear bibliography

    The space was large enough for six space-suited humans—or two humans and a large piece of equipment—and utterly barren.


Research requirements

antedating 1934

Earliest cite

E.E. Smith, 'Triplanetary'

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1939 cite from Clifford Simak's "Cosmic Engineers".
Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of E.E. Smith's "Triplanetary", and this was confirmed in the original magazine version (Amazing Stories, March 1934)
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a reprint of E.E. Smith's "Galactic Patrol"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1937 original appearance.
Mike Christie submitted a 1942 cite from George O. Smith's "QRM--Interplanetary".
Mike Christie submitted a 1941 cite from Harry Walton's "The Scrambler".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2020 cite from Elizabeth Bear.

Earliest cite in OED2: 1951.

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