cruiser n.

a spaceship


  • 1917 E. R. Burroughs Princess of Mars (1973) 136 Edgar Rice Burroughs

    Kantos Kan dropped quickly into the darkness, while I rose steadily and at terrific speed raced through the Martian sky followed by a dozen of the air-scout craft which had joined the pursuit, and later by a swift cruiser carrying a hundred men and a battery of rapid-fire guns.

  • 1934 W. K. Sonneman The Master Minds of Venus in Amazing Stories Sept. 108/1 page image William K. Sonnemann bibliography

    A Venerian space cruiser, the X-1, raced toward earth.

  • ?a1965 G. Roddenberry Original outline for β€˜Star Trek’ in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of β€˜Star Trek’ (1968) i. i. 24 Gene Roddenberry bibliography

    The lead role is Captain Robert T. April, mid-thirties, an unusually strong and colorful personality, the commander of the cruiser.

Research requirements

antedating 1923

Earliest cite

Edgar Rice Burroughs, A Princess of Mars

Research History
Tall Walt submitted a cite from a reprint of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "A Princess of Mars"; we would like to verify the 1917 first edition, and the original 1912 magazine version.

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