Full record for light-minute n.

Definition the distance light travels in one minute
OED requirements antedating 1945
Earliest cite in Isaac Asimov's "The Mule"
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1945 cite from Isaac Asimov's "The Mule". Michael Dolbear submitted a cite from a 1997 reprint of David Weber's 1996 "Honor Among Enemies". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1999 reprint of David Drake's 1998 "With the Lightnings". Ralf Brown located and Daniel Frankham submitted a 1971 cite from Robert Silverberg's "In Entropy's Jaws". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from an undated reprint of James Alan Gardner's 2000 "Hunted". Douglas Winston submitted a 1987 cite from Lawrence Watt-Evans "The Wizard and the War Machine".
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Citations for light-minute n.

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1945 I. Asimov Mule in Astounding Sci. Fiction Nov. 42/1 We traveled about a light-minute or so, in neutral, right past Horleggor.
1971 R. Silverberg In Entropy's Jaws in R. Hoskins Infinity 2 199 That is the voyage's final acceleration; the ship will maintain this rate for two and a half days, until it clocks in at Scylla, the main deceleration station for this part of the galaxy, where it will be seized by a spongy web of forces twenty lightminutes in diameter and slowed to sublight velocities for the entry into the Abbondanza system.
1987 L. Watt-Evans Wizard and War Machine ii. 10 The transmitter in his skull, powered by his own body's electricity, had a useful range of no more than a light-minute or two, and while the sender of the message might not have a ready answer, he or she—or it—would surely have stopped the endless repetition immediately upon getting a response.
1996 D. Weber Honor Among Enemies (1997) 269 Unfortunately, the bogies, whoever and whatever they truly were, were now only five light-minutes back.
1999 D. Drake With the Lightnings 5 Formally the Reciprocity Agreement granted Cinnabar only the right to land warships on Kostroma instead of staying ten light-minutes out like those of other nations.
2000 J. A. Gardner Hunted v. 38 While I waited for the Outbreak Team to arrive from some other starbase, I used the captain's vidscreen to watch outside the ship. I didn't see much—nothing came or went at Starbase Iris, not even in-system shuttles. Once I noticed a merchant vessel passing within range of Willow's hull cameras, but it didn't come very close; it was aiming for the planet Celestia, a light-minute nearer the local sun.
2005 C. Stross Accelerando iv. 121 Unexpected fringe riders are developing new ecological niches on the edge of the human information space, light-minutes and light-hours from the core, as an expansion that has hung fire since the 1970s gets under way.