Full record for Terrestrial n.

Definition an inhabitant of earth, an Earthling
OED requirements antedating 1925
Earliest cite Hugo Gernsback, 'Ralph 124 C 41 +'
Comment Jeff Prucher submitted cites from the March 1931 Wonder Stories and the April 1931 Wonder Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1931 reprint of Olaf Stapledon's "Last and First Men"; we would like to verify this in the 1930 first publication.
Lance Purple submitted a cite from from a 1925 publication of Hugo Gernsback's "Ralph 124 C 41 +" : we would be interested to see if the term was used in the 1911 serialization in the magazine Modern Electrics.

Earliest cite in the OED: 1941.

Last modified 7 October, 2009

Citations for Terrestrial n.

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1925 H. Gernsback Ralph 124 C 41 + 41 The other was not a Terrestrial, but a visiting Martian. It was impossible to mistake the distinctly Martian cast of countenance. The great black horse eyes in the long, melancholy face, the elongated slightly pointed ears were proof enough. Martians in New York were not sufficiently rare to excite any particular comment. Many made that city their permanent home, although the law on the planet Earth, as well as on Mars, which forbade the intermarrriage of Martians and Terrestrials, kept them from flocking earthwards in any great numbers.
1931 C. A. Smith Adventure in Futurity in Wonder Stories Apr. 1248/1 In the actual conflict the Venusians had suffered more heavily than the Terrestrials, and thousands of them had been slain and others compelled to flee before the superior weapons of mankind.
1931 R. F. Starzl Terrors of Aryl in Wonder Stories Mar. 1107/2 Lately the perihelion excursions have made the peculiar and terrifying atmospheric conditions of Aryl familiar to thousands of Terrestrials, but in 1998 this strange planet, whirling dizzily around the sun inside the orbit of Mercury, was practically unexplored.
1941 Cosmic Stories Mar. Please use literate terminology for the names of planet dwellers. Let's have no Mercutians, Venutians, Plutians, Jupiterians or Terrestrials running around. There are more accurate terms.
1950 P. Anderson Star Ship in Planet Stories Oct. 74/1 There'd been Earthling girls; and not a few Khazaki women had been intrigued by the big Terrestrial.
1950 R. Heinlein Farmer in Sky (1975) ix. 100 He said that ‘M-G’ meant ‘mutation-Ganymede’ and the other meant ‘normal terrestrial.’
1957 P. Anderson Life Cycle in Mag. Fantasy & Sci. Fiction July 53/2 He was the pilot and engineer, the only other Terrestrial on Mercury. When you dove this far down into the sun's monstrous gravitational well, you couldn't take a big crew along.
1964 P. K. Dick Little Black Box in We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (1994) ii. 18 Mercer is not on Earth. I would guess that he is not a terrestrial at all.
1987 O. Butler Dawn (1991) i. v. 40 We saw it in your closest animal relatives and in your most distant ones. It's a terrestrial characteristic.