homeworld n.

the planet on which an individual being was born; the planet on which a species originated

SF Encyclopedia

  • 1900 G. Griffith Visit to Moon in Pearson's Magazine Jan. 21 George Griffith

    Zaidie stood gazing for nearly an hour at this marvellous vision of the home-world which she had left so far behind her before she could tear herself away and allow her husband to shut the slides again.

  • 1932 J. W. Campbell Invaders from the Infinite in Amazing Stories Quarterly Spring 154/1 page image John W. Campbell, Jr. bibliography

    But I am afraid that it will be all we can do to protect our own world if this enemy attacks soon, and I fear they will. Since they have a base in this universe, it is impossible to believe that all ships did not report back to the home world at stated intervals.

  • 1953 A. Norton Star Rangers iv. 52 Andre Norton bibliography

    Rolth used a palm disrupter as lightly as a color brush to etch into its side the name, homeworld, and the rank of that thin wasted body they had laid to rest there.

  • 1959 H. Ellison Run for Stars in Touch of Infinity 47 Harlan Ellison bibliography

    But you have no reason to fear, for I'm going to offer you a deal far superior to anything you had as mere Kyben soldiers on conquest missions for your home world.

  • 1967 T. Sturgeon If All Men were Brothers (1968) 118 Theodore Sturgeon bibliography

    So Charli went back, and saw (after a due delay) the Archive Master, and learned what he learned, and came out and looked about him at his home world and, through that, at all the worlds like it; and then he went to the secret place where the Vexveltian ship was moored, and it opened to him. Tyng was there, Tamba, and Vorhidin. Charli said, β€˜Take me home.’

  • 1981 β€˜C. J. Cherryh’ Pride of Chanur (1991) i. 8 C. J. Cherryh

    Get the smell of the home-world wind in her nostrils for a few months.

  • 1984 D. Brin Practice Effect xii.iv.275 David Brin bibliography

    Yet they could not help without risking a spread of the infection to the home world.

  • 1984 D. Drake Cross Stars 218 David Drake bibliography

    We will get you to your homeworld at least as quickly as any other system of freighter connections is likely to do.

  • 1987 O. Butler Dawn (1991) i. v. 37 Octavia E. Butler bibliography

    I remember every one that has taken place in my family since we left the homeworld.

  • 1990 I. Watson Flies of Memory i. 61 Ian Watson

    Perhaps they could willfully β€˜forget’ the distance from their home world.

  • 1993 D. Beason & K. J. Anderson Assemblers of Infinity xxxviii. 320 Kevin J. Anderson Doug Beason bibliography

    He had pondered the arches, the secondary structures, trying to infer something about the alien builders, a hint as to their mind-set, their purpose, or their home world.

  • 2002 J. E. Czerneda To Trade Stars 32 Julie E. Czerneda

    I opened my mouth to contradict his humanocentric view of things, given the Heerii Drapsk had found the Rugheran homeworld and I, another non-Human, had already had a more-or-less successful encounter with a member of the species.

  • 2005 Apex Science Fiction & Horror Digest Autumn 109

    Lycern has fled her homeworld in hopes of avoiding the marriage and is suspected of hiding out with an enigmatic cult.

  • 2019 Y. H. Lee Dragon Pearl xxxiv. 282 Yoon Ha Lee bibliography

    I recognized the woman. Anyone from Jinju would have. Hae had been the greatest shaman of her day, and she’d come here to the Fourth Colony instead of going to my homeworld to finish terraforming it. No one knew why.


Research requirements

antedating 1900

Earliest cite

George Griffiths, A Honeymoon in Space

Research History
Bill Seabrook submitted a cite from a 1968 reprint of Theodore Sturgeon's "If All Men Were Brothers Would You Let One Marry Your Sister?" from Harlan Ellison's anthology "Dangerous Visions".
Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of Frank Herbert's "Dune"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1963 first magazine appearance.
Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of Harlan Ellison's "Run for the Stars"; Mike Christie verified the cite in a 1959 printing.
Mike Christie submitted a 1945 cite from John Campbell's "In Times To Come" column in Astounding.
Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1985 reprint of David Drake's "Cross the Stars"; Douglas Winston verified the cite in the 1984 first edition.
Enoch Forrester submitted a 1987 cite from John M. Ford's "How Much for Just the Planet?".
Imran Ghory submitted a cite from a 1999 reprint of David Brin's 2000 "Foundation's Triumph".
Ralf Brown submitted citations for "home-world" from the 1900 serialization in Pearson's Magazine of George Griffith's "A Honeymoon in Space"
Fred Galvin submitted a 1932 cite from John W. Campbell Jr.'s "Invaders From the Infinite".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2019 cite from Yoon Ha Lee.

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