Full record for transhuman adj.

Definition having the qualities or characteristics of transhumans
OED requirements antedating 1967
Earliest cite R. Silverberg 'Those Who Watch'
Comment Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1991 reprint of Ed Regis' "Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition". Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1994 cite from an anonymous article in SF Eye. Malcolm Farmer submitted a 2001 cite from Mark Peschke's "True Magic". Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1988 cite from Vernor Vinge's "The Blabber". Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1979 cite from a review by Gretchen Rix of the 1978 anthology "Immortal: Short Novels of the Transhuman Future" (ed. by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois"; Fred Galvin also found a reference to an article by R.C.W. Ettinger in this collection, and Irene Grumman submitted a 1978 cite from Ettinger's article "Introduction: The Transhuman Condition" in the above book. Irene Grumman submitted a 1967 cite from "Those Who Watch" by Robert Silverberg.

Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite for "trans-human" from a 1999 reprint of Ian MacDonald's 1998 "The Days of Solomon Gursky".

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Citations for transhuman adj.

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1967 R. Silverberg Those Who Watch 81 When you return to my office, you'll be much more deeply aware of the meaning of this unique and wonderful moment in human and transhuman history.
1967 R. Silverberg Those Who Watch 81 There were the saucer people: superb specimens of transhuman life, muscular, magnificent, with expressions of ineffable wisdom.
1978 R. C. W. Ettinger Introduction: Transhuman Condition xi But we must remind ourselves how this challenges the writer. The storyteller must interpret the transhuman condition to humans. He must convince the tired wage earner, relaxing with a beer and baseball, or watching Mary Hartman's friend drown in a bowl of chicken soup, that superhumans are interesting and sympatico.
1979 G. Rix Immortal in Sci. Fiction Rev. Jan. 50/2 They will resemble their parents except in some not so subtle respects. They will be hermaphrodites and lack human hormonal responses. They will be logical, not emotional. They will move differently; they will think differently. They will be transhuman.
1979 G. Rix Review in Science Fiction Rev. Jan.–Feb. 50/1 ‘Chanson Perpetuelle’, from a work in progress by Thomas M. Disch is one of these. It is used to lead off this transhuman future anthology; a bit of a mistake since you hate for this tale to end.
1988 V. Vinge The Blabber in Threats‥and Other Promises 243 These guys are freaks , Professor! You could rain transhuman treasure on them and they'd call it spit!
1990 E. Regis Great Mambo Chicken & Transhuman Condition (1991) 147 Time for a major overhaul, one that would take the human animal to a new level, to a more fitting, trans human condition.
1993 Sci. Fiction Stud. Nov. 411 The other [i.e., mythic writing or magical realism] is an exploration of elements taken as expressing, and therefore as implicitly symbolizing, certain deep-lying aspects of human and transhuman existence.
1994 Sci. Fiction Eye Spring 36/2 They believe the Techno-Rapture will happen on or about February 13th, 2013, with waves of nanoassemblers spreading across the planet and rewiring the carbon-unit brains in one rapturous orgy of transhuman uploading, a veritable Drexlerian rhapsody in blue goo.
2001 M. Pesche in True Magic in True Names & Opening of Cyberspace Frontier 224 If the relationship between man and artifact is simultaneously both chaotic and prosaic, the vision of technology infinitely extended—the trans-human era—is a steady-state universe where the unbelievable is taken as a given.
2005 C. Stross Accelerando ii. 76 He's still explaining to her how he's laying the foundations for the transhuman explosion due early in the next decade when she picks him up in both arms, carries him to her bedroom, and commits outrageous acts of tender intimacy with him.