xenology n.

the scientific study of aliens, esp. xenobiology n.


  • 1954 R. A. Heinlein Star Lummox in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction May 27 Robert A. Heinlein

    I meant to major in xenology and exotic biology in college.

  • 1957 T. Sturgeon It Opens the Sky in Venture Science Fiction Nov. 16/1 page image Theodore Sturgeon bibliography

    You have every rotten plague and dangerous plant pest known to xenology, right here in your hand.

  • 1990 S. S. Tepper Raising the Stones i. iv. 127 Sheri S. Tepper bibliography

    Included in the protectorate with the gentle Osmers and placid Glothees were the Ninfadelian Porsa, a race of raucous mucusoids so foul and unloveable that even graduate students in xenology, hardened by years of study among primitive and even disgusting societies, could seldom be found to live near the Porsa and study their ways.

  • 1998 D. Brin Heaven’s Reach 160 David Brin

    Lark abruptly recalled something he had read once, in a rare galacto-xenology text, about a type of hydro-life called Zang.

  • 2013 J. E. Gunn Transcendental vii. 103 page image James E. Gunn bibliography

    I learned a bit of human speech and what passed for humor between us both. We told jokes. I learned something of human history and the history of other species in the galaxy and compared them to our own. That was my education in xenology.

Research requirements

antedating 1954

Earliest cite

1954 R. Heinlein 'The Star Lummox'

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