Full record for shuttle n.

Definition a space shuttle
OED requirements antedating 1950
Earliest cite in Theodore Sturgeon's "The Stars are the Styx"
Comment Douglas Winston submitted cites from an Ace books reprint of Robert A. Heinlein's 1951 "Between Planets": we would like to verify these in pre-1960 editions, or, preferably, in the serialization in Blue Book Magazine, Sept.-Oct 1951.
Irene Grumman submitted a 1950 cite from "The Stars are the Styx" by Theodore Sturgeon.
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Citations for shuttle n.

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1940 Astounding Sci. Fiction Dec. 39/1 The Andromeda has been sold, Bert,‥to the Ionian freight shuttle. You and the gang are ordered back to Earth
1950 T. Sturgeon Stars Are Styx in Galaxy Sci. Fiction Oct. 74/2 I was waiting in the entry bell when Judson arrived on Curbstone. Judson had nothing to do with that. I didn't even know he was on that particular shuttle. It's just that, aside from the fact that I happen to be Senior Release Officer on Curbstone, I like to meet the shuttles.
1951 R. A. Heinlein Between Planets vii. 83 A shuttle ship up from the surface could leave any spot on Venus, rendezvous with the ship in orbit, then land on its port of departure or on any other point having expended a theoretical minimum of fuel. As soon as the Nautilus had parked such shuttles began to swarm up to her. They were more airplane than spaceship, for, although each was sealed and pressurized to operate outside the atmosphere while making contact with orbiting spaceships, each was winged and was powered with ramjet atmosphere engines as well as with rocket jets. Like frogs, they were adapted to two media.
1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones (1975) iii. 39 Fast little military darts, stubby Moon shuttles, winged ships that served the satellite stations.
1982 S. Cooper Black Fire ix.175 He's taking a shuttle.
1986 J.M. Dillard Demons i. 12 Take the evening shuttle to ShiKahr and I will meet you at the station.
1986 D. Carey Dreadnought ii.21, I was quivering with anticipation as the shuttle arched out over the shimmer of Puget Sound.
1988 A. C. Clarke 2061: Odyssey Three 194 How are you going to get the shuttle out of its garage?
1988 A. C. Clarke 2061: Odyssey Three 195 When the cloud had cleared, the shuttle was already landing, two hundred metres away.
1992 L. A. Graf Ice Trap i.2, I want to find out as much as possible about this medical crisis Nordstrals having before I go down to look for their lost shuttle.
1995 Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch Star Trek Voyager: Escape i. 1 The shuttle dipped and bucked.
1995 C. Carter Truth is out There: Official Guide to The X Files The Episodes: Season 1 120 Although the shuttle is damaged, Belt tells the astronauts to deliver their payload, fearing that millions of dollars will be lost—and the space program crippled—if they don't follow through.
1995 C. Carter Truth is out There: Official Guide to The X Files The Episodes: Season 1 120 Lt. Col. Belt, now supervisor of the shuttle program, was on that mission and has flashbacks of a spacewalk, seeing that same face looking down at him.
1996 W. Shatner Return ii. 13 We have to get to a shuttle.
1999 C. Pellegrino & G. Zebrowski Star Trek Next Generation: Dyson Sphere iv. 66 He managed it after two tries, and in a few minutes was ascending through low gravity, into the brightly lit shuttle compartment.