Full record for sentient n.

Definition an intelligent being
OED requirements antedating 1970
Earliest cite Philip José Farmer, 'Maker of Universes'
Comment Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1992 citation from Vernor Vinge's "A Fire Upon the Deep". Douglas Winston submitted a citation from a 1970 reprint of Philip Jose Farmer's "The Maker of Universes": we would like to verify this in its 1965 first printing. Douglas Winston sumitted a 1999 citation from Diane Duane's "Storm at Eldala".Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 2000 reprint of Linda Evans' "The Stray". Douglas Winston submitted a 1999 cite from Lisanne Norman's "Dark Nadir", Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1992 reprint of Jack C. Haldeman II's 1978 "Longshot".
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Citations for sentient n.

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1965 P. J. Farmer Maker of Universes (1975) 30 The merpeople and the sentients who lived on the beach often hitched rides on these creatures, steering them by pressure on exposed nerve centers.
1978 J. C. Haldeman Longshot in Another Round at Spaceport Bar (1992) 85 Anyway, I was hauling a load of Venusian lettuce mold hoping to swing a big deal for some dutrinium. Wheeling and dealing, that's my game. Those sentients on Dimian really get off on lettuce mold.
1978 J. C. Haldeman Longshot in Another Round at Spaceport Bar (1992) 85 Anyway, I was hauling a load of Venusian lettuce mold hoping to swing a big deal for some dutrinium. Wheeling and dealing, that's my game. Those sentients on Dimian really get off on lettuce mold.
1992 V. Vinge Fire upon Deep xviii. 142 The answer should be clear to any idiot: the Helper does not have the power to teleoperate large numbers of sentients.
1993 V. Milan From Depths ii. 36 We prefer the term ‘sentients.’
1999 L. Evans Stray in Worlds of Honor 60 At this juncture, it had been only a couple of T-months since little Stephanie Harrington had first been adopted by a treecat and any human contact with the native sentients of Sphinx sent ripples of shock, excitement, and uncertainty through the planet's newest sentients.
1999 D. Duane Storm at Eldala 15 Besides the colonists, there's a considerable presence of scientists studying the riglia, those avian sentients they found.
1999 L. Norman Dark Nadir vii. 212 It is an offense to read a sentient's thoughts without their permission, therefore telepaths must advertise their profession at all times.