Full record for alien life form n.

Definition a living being of extraterrestrial origin
OED requirements antedating 1937
Earliest cite Arthur K. Barnes, Thrilling Wonder Stories
Comment Sue Surova has submitted a 1968 cite from "The Making of Star Trek".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1951 cite from Mack Reynolds' "The Case of the Little Green Men".
Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1984 reprint of Andre Norton's 1970 "Dread Companion".
Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1984 reprint of David Samuelson's 1980 "Critical Mass: The Science Fiction of Frederik Pohl".
Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of Larry Niven's "World of Ptavvs"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1965 original magazine appearance.
Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of Alan Dean Foster's "The Tar-Aiym Krang"; Douglas Winston verified the cite in the 1972 first edition.
Enoch Forrester submitted a 1946 cite from A. Bertram Chandler's "Lady Dog".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from an editorial blurb in Comet magazine for July 1941.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1937 cite from an author's note by Arthur K. Barnes in Thrilling Wonder Stories.

Rick Hauptmann submitted a 1931 cite for the form "alien form of life" from E.E. Smith's "Spacehounds of IPC"; we would still like pre-1937 cites for the usual form.

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Citations for alien life form n.

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1931 Amazing Stories Sept. 557/1, I have thought of it at length. It is disgusting. Compelled to traffic with an alien form of life!
1937 A. K. Barnes in Thrilling Wonder Stories Oct. 123/1 As in the past, I have tried not to invent things that are too far removedfrom life as we know it on this Earth. The weird ‘whip’, for instance, hasits Earthly counterpart not only in the ant-eater, but in the sphinx-moth,which sports a hoselike tongue a good deal longer than its own body.Cousins to the ‘Venusian buzzard’ can be found under any microscope in thebiology lab. While the Murri, of course, finds its obvious image in theProboscis Monkey‥. I do this because I feel that if a reader has somebasis of comparison, when reading about alien life forms, he will be ableto visualize the story more clearly and perhaps give himself an addedmeasure of enjoyment and appreciation.
1940 Thrilling Wonder Stories Jan. 120/1 For just as on Earth sentient life can exist in the freezing Arctic wastes, the torrid jungles, the sea's greatest depths—so we know it is possible for alien, unique life-forms to exist on each of our planetary neighbors, equipped mysteriously to combat every force known to science.
1946 A. B. Chandler in Astounding Sci. Fiction Mar. 127/1 Very interesting. Very interesting!‥. A most definite alien life form. Of course, may be mutation. Can't tell. Haven't the facilities.
1951 M. Reynolds Case of Little Green Men 18 We want to employ you to investigate the presence of such alien life forms.
1965 L. Niven in Worlds of Tomorrow Mar. 25/1 If Kzanol had not spent so many years controlling alien life forms, growing used to the feel of alien thoughts, his whole personality would have been drowned.
1970 ‘A. Norton’ Dread Companion (1984) 44 A poohka was an alien life-form from off-world and created with its small, furry body the instant desire to cuddle—a perfect pet.
1972 A. D. Foster Tar-Aiym Krang 122 While engaged in exploration and colonization, he had encountered many other alien life-forms.
1984 D. N. Samuelson Critical Mass in T. D. Clareson & T. L. Wymer Voices for Future 3 113 The undeclared war escalates into nuclear conflict because of an alien life form in the city, a life form whose existence was unsuspected until the end.