Full record for planet-bound adj.

Definition unable or unwilling to leave a planet
OED requirements antedating 1946
Earliest cite Rog Phillips, 'Battle of the Gods'
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1960 cite from Alan E. Nourse's "Nine Planets".
Jeff Prucher submitted a cite from a 2002 reprint of Theodore Sturgeon's 1956 "The Claustrophile".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1985 reprint of Andre Norton's 1955 "The Last Planet".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from Poul Anderson's "Tiger by the Tail".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from James H. Schmitz's "Space Fear".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Rog Phillips's "Battle of the Gods".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Death Between the Stars".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1977 reprint of Leigh Brackett's 1944 "The Veil of Astellar": we would like to verify this in its first publication (Thrilling Wonder Stories, Spring, 1944)
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Citations for planet-bound adj.

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1946 Amazing Stories Sept. 90/1 Never since this frame of time has an etherian led a band of planet bound spirits.
1951 P. Anderson Tiger by Tale in Planet Stories Jan. 40/2 That wasn't too surprising, since the Terrestrial Empire and the half-dozen other civilized states in the known Galaxy ruled over several thousands of intelligent races and had some contact with nobody knew how many thousands more. Many of the others were, of course, still planet-bound, but quite a few tribes along the Imperial borders had mastered a lot of human technology without changing their fundamental outlook on things.
1951 Astounding Sci. Fiction Mar. 23/2 He comes‥of the highly clannish and emotionally planet-bound strain of Mark Wieri VI.
1951 Astounding Sci. Fiction Mar. 13/1 And as Ulphi's entire population was planet-bound by congenital space-fear, the skiff would provide any required amount of transportation, while serving principally as living quarters and a work-office.
1960 A. E. Nourse Nine Planets 280 Conceivably, the cosmic histories will look upon the First Era of any intelligent race as the planetbound era, and consider the Second Era begun only when the race has lifted itself by the bootstraps up through the planet's gravitational field and into space beyond its atmosphere.
1970 A. McCaffrey Ship who Sang (1991) iii.81 She waited, alert, lest the instability of the spaceport field became too critical for her to remain planetbound.
1977 L. Brackett Veil of Astellar in Best of Leigh Brackett 77 You planet-bound people build your four little walls of thought and roof them in with convention, and you think there's nothing else. But space is big, and there are other worlds, and other ways.
1977 L. Brackett Veil of Astellar in Best of Leigh Brackett i. 77 You planet-bound people build your four little walls of thought and roof them in with convention, and you think there's nothing else. But space is big, and there are other worlds, and other ways.
1981 C. J. Cherryh Pride of Chanur (1991) i. 7 Her brother Kohan was still fit enough, planet-bound as he was and not gifted with the time-stretch of jump.
1987 O. Butler Dawn (1991) i. v. 36 It would die without us and we would be planetbound without it.
1991 O. S. Card Xenocide ii. 13–14 A subversive friend of Ender's‥was taking care of all that for her—managing the tricky business of translating an ansible message from a ship going at near-lightspeed to a message readable by a planetbound ansible for which time was passing more than five hundred times faster.