Full record for space sick adj.

Definition suffering from spacesickness
OED requirements antedating 1929
Earliest cite H. Gernsback 'Ralph 124C41+'
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1939 cite. Fred Galvin located a cite in a 1958 reprint of Hugo Gernsback's "Ralph 124C 41+"; Mike Christie verified this in a 1952 edition, and Fred Galvin subsequently verified it in a 1929 reprint in Amazing Stories Quarterly. We would like to check the 1925 first edition.
Fred noted that Gernsback claimed to have used "space sickness" in 1911. This suggests that, though the story was apparently rewritten in subsequent editions, the term probably appears in the story's 1911 serialization in "Modern Electrics": we would like to check that version if possible.

Earliest cite in the OED: 1949

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Citations for space sick adj.

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1911 H. Germsback Ralph 124C 41+ in E. S. Rabkin Sci. Fiction: Historical Anthol. (1983) 244 For the first time since he left Earth he became space-sick.
1929 H. Gernsback in Amazing Stories Q. Winter 52/2 Ralph grew more despondent each day, and his hope of bringing his betrothed back to life grew dimmer and dimmer as the hours rolled on. For the first time since he left the Earth he became space-sick. Space-sickness is one of the most unpleasant sensations that a human being can experience. Not all are subject to it, and it does not last longer than forty-eight hours, after which it never recurs. On Earth, gravitational action to a certain degree exerts a certain pull on the brain. Out in space, with practically no gravitational action, this pull ceases. When this happens, the brain is no longer subjected to the accustomed pull, and it expands slightly in all directions, just as a balloon loses its pear shape and becomes round when an aeronaut cuts loose, to drop down with his parachute. The effect on the brain results in space-sickness, the first symptoms being violent melancholy and depression followed by a terrible and heart-rending longing for Earth. During this stage, at which the patient undergoes great mental suffering, the optical nerves usually become affected and everything appears upside down, as if the sufferer were looking through a lens. It becomes necessary to take large doses ofSiltagol , otherwise brain fever may develop.
1976 C. Holland Floating Worlds (1977) 92 She was space-sick and she could not eat.
1992 V. Vinge Fire upon Deep i. i. 9 Ordinarily she never got space sick, but this was different.
1999 A. Thomson Through Alien Eyes (2000) iii. 102 A sudden wave of queasiness sent her to her seat. She must be more exhausted than she realized; she hadn't been spacesick since she was a small child.