Full record for spacehand n.

Definition someone who works or has experience working in space
OED requirements antedating 1938
Earliest cite Manly Wade Wellman, 'Men Against the Stars'
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1940 cite from a letter by John L. Chapman in Astounding Science Fiction. Mike Christie submitted a 1940 cite from A.E. Van Vogt's "The Vault of the Beast". Mike Christie submitted a 1966 cite from a reprint of Poul Anderson's 1961 "Hiding Place". Mike Christie submitted a 1951 cite from Milton Lesser's "'A' as in Android". Mike Christie submitted a 1942 cite from Hal Clement's "Impediment". Mike Christie submitted a 1941 cite from Manly Wade Wellman's "Lost Rocket". Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1958 reprint of Manly Wade Wellman's "Men Against the Stars", which mIke Christie verified in its June 1938 first publication. Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1951 reprint of Frederick Arnold Kummer, Jr's "The Forgiveness of Tenchu Taen"; which Mike Christie verified in its November 1938 first printing. Fred Galvin submitted a cite for "space-hand" from a 1984 reprint of Clifford Simak's 1939 "Madness From Mars".
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Citations for spacehand n.

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1938 M. W. Wellman Men Against Stars in Astounding Sci.-Fiction June 8/1 In ship No. Fifty-one, half-way from Moon to Mars, four stubbled faces turned to a common, grinning regard as the pounding roar of the rockets died away at last. The skipper, the rocketman, the navigator, the spacehand.
1938 F. A. Kummer Forgiveness of Tenchu Taen in Astounding Sci.-Fiction Nov. 120/1 Here in the Olech, squat Jovian spacehands rub shoulders with languid Venusian traders; dark Mercurians drink with the dâk-men of Neptune; and tall Terrestrials swagger contemptuously through the crowds of ‘reddies,’ copper-skinned sons of Mars. Above the babel of a hundred polyglot tongues one can hear the sibilant hissing of the Martian dialects. Like flitting shadows the little reddies, clad in their long, loose dust-robes, glide along the crooked streets, mysterious, inscrutable.
1940 Astounding Sci.-Fiction Aug. 59/2 She's a woman of the world, and it's utterly impossible to expect her to live with a man who's going to be a mere pilot or space hand or something on a Martian spaceship—
1940 Brass Tacks Oct. 155/1 I might add there was no excess baggage as far as grimy space hands and swearing officers are concerned.
1941 M. W. Wellman Lost Rocket in Astounding Sci.-Fiction Jan. 105/1 It was the beefy space hand told off to observation duty, which also meant guard duty at the brig.
1942 ‘H. Clement’ Impediment in Astounding Sci.-Fiction Aug. 106/1 Why do I have to dodge out of the path of every idiotic spacehand who comes tearing back here as though the planet was full of devils?
1951 M. Lesser ‘A’ as in Android in Future May 74/1 Now I heard the anxious stirring among the tough space-hands and miners as they waited for the first wonder of the Saturnian System—Hyperion's Dancing Girls.
1961 P. Anderson Hiding Place in Analog Sci. Fact & Fiction Mar. 139/2 A spacehand, a stocky slant-eyed nomad from Altai uncoiled a lariat.
1962 M. Z. Bradley Sword of Aldones xvi. 161 She turned up on Samarra about half an hour after I talked to her here. Times, I'm tempted to throw up this job and turn spacehand.
1962 M. Z. Bradley Sword of Aldones in Planet Savers/Sword of Aldones (1982) xvi. 296 She turned up on Samarra about half an hour after I talked to her here. Times, I'm tempted to throw up this job and turn spacehand.
1964 P. Anderson Trader to Stars 37 A spacehand, a stocky slant-eyed nomad from Altai, uncoiled a lariat.
1977 C. D. Simak Madness from Mars in Best Sci.-Fiction Stories 126 Aboard it were five brave men—Thomas Delvaney, the expedition's leader; Jerry Cooper, the red-thatched navigator; Andy Smith, the world's ace cameraman, and two space-hands, Jimmy Watson and Elmer Paine, grim old veterans of the Earth-Moon run
1990 P. Anderson Inconstant Star in L. Niven et al. Man-Kzin Wars III (1992) xviii. 287 Maybe, not being a spacehand, she won't obey my order and stay at the boat.