space-suited adj.

wearing a space suit n.

  • 1931 E. E. Smith Spacehounds of IPC in Amazing Stories Sept. xii. 566/2 page image Edward E. Smith bibliography

    When the vanguard had approached that room, Crowninshield had inspected it thoroughly with his infra-red beams. He had found it punctured and airless, devoid of life or of lethal devices, and had passed on. But now the space-suited warriors of the horde, guided in their hiding by their own visirays, were massing there.

  • 1931 E. Hamilton Sargasso of Space in Astounding Stories Sept. 405/2 page image Edmond Hamilton bibliography

    Liggett pointed to two space-suited bodies twitting together in space, with bars still in their lifeless grasp. Kent saw through their shattered helmets the stiffened faces of Jandron and Krell, their helmets having apparently been broken by each other’s simultaneous blows.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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 1931

Earliest cite

E.E. Smith, "Spacehounds of IPC", and Edmond Hamilton, "Sargasso of Space", published in the same month

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.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1931 cite from "Doc" Smith and a 1931 cite from Edmond Hamilton, published in the same month.

Earliest cite in OED2: 1951.

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