xenobiology n.

the study of the biology of extraterrestrial life forms

SF Encyclopedia

  • 1954 R. A. Heinlein Star Lummox in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction May 60 Robert A. Heinlein

    I have never taken any interest in xenobiology.

  • 1972 M. Z. Bradley Darkover Landfall vi. 64 Marion Zimmer Bradley bibliography

    There have been intelligent life-forms reported from three or four other planets; so far they have reported one simian, one feline, and three unclassifiable—xenobiology isn’t my specialty.

  • 1984 D. Duane My Enemy, my Ally vi. 79 Diane Duane bibliography

    ‘I thought he was in Life Sciences.’ ‘Xenobiology…This is his hobby, though. It’s useful enough’.

  • 1995 A. D. Foster Life Form iii. 36 Alan Dean Foster

    As soon as he reached the port he knew that the heretofore grand discoveries of lichen and fungi on Tycho V and Burke had been instantly relegated to the realm of footnotes in the young world of xenobiology.

  • 1996 W. Shatner Return xxix. 222 William Shatner

    Starfleet’s xenobiology records didn’t either.

  • 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star vii. 167 Peter F. Hamilton

    A little town of industrial-style buildings surrounded it, containing offices, laboratories, workshops, training facilities, and the xenobiology department.


Research requirements

antedating 1954

Earliest cite

1954 R. Heinlein 'The Star Lummox'

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