= spaceman n.; esp. a civilian who travels or works in space
‘Private message, sir,’ Grant replied. ‘Seems to be from another spacer.’
I've read books about him. He was the greatest spacer there ever was.
Why do you think Martians are barred from approaching spacers nearer than five hundred yards? You know they can copy anything once they nose around with their mind tendrils. Let one Martian into the control room of a spacer, and Trading Post’s monopoly is broken.
My grandfather was a blood-poor son-of-a-spacer who died heaving coal at starving wages before the Foundation.
When spacers first went out from the world they sometimes left the business of the earth and went about their own business. Some of them caused much harm to earth doing this and many harsh restrictions were placed on spacers.
The papers came back, plasticized and permanent with Tully’s face staring back from them, species handwritten, classification general spacer, sex male.
Probably too late for me, though. I'll have to go live on Earth to have my babies, and no male spacer will give up the Black to stay dirtside with me.
Emigration of scientists and engineers from Sol System was feeding the spacer cultures with the best and brightest and robbing Earth of its best talent.
‘And I think that will end the infection’, I tell him, putting away the universal antibiotic the spacers give us.
You can take the man out of space, but you can’t take the spacer out of the man, eh?
Sharing birth years was an old sport among spacers, although not between them and the groundhogs.
An entertaining old-fashioned adventure full of familiar elements (obsessed scientists, jealous academics, over-eager military, independent spacers).
The old spacer’s bar on Longbow Station is the only bar there that doesn’t have a name.
To get in, you need one of two special chips. The first is hand-held… The second is built into your ID. You get that one if you’re a legitimate spacer, operating or working for a business that requires a pilot’s license.
The real action is in the Ghost Sector. According to a drunk spacer who was spilling secrets last night, a lot of ships—even Space Forces battle cruisers—are gathering there, despite its reputation.
Earliest cite in OED2: 1955. OED3 now revised to the 1940 Asimov example.
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