Full record for moon base n.

Definition a base on the Moon
OED requirements antedating 1947
Earliest cite Bryce Walton, Assignment in the Dawn
Comment Stuart Young submitted a cite from a 1992 reprint of Philip K. Dick's "Second Variety"; Mike Christie confirmed the cite in the 1953 first publication.
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1968 reprint of John D. MacDonald's "Wine of the Dreamers".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite for "moonbase" from L. Ron Hubbard's "240,000 Miles Straight Up".
Fred Galvin submitted cites from 1951 for "Moon Base" and "Moon-Base" from Alfred Coppel's "Task to Luna".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite for "Moon Base" from a 1985 reprint of Heinlein's 1948 "Space Cadet"
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from "Assignment In the Dawn" by Bryce Walton.

Earliest cite in OED2 (under "moon"): 1961.
OED3 updated in December 2002 with new earliest date of 1953.
Updated in September 2003 with a new earliest date of 1951
Updated in March 2004 with a new earliest date of 1948.

Last modified 17 September, 2009

Citations for moon base n.

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1947 B. Walton Assignment in Dawn in Planet Stories June–Aug. 73/1 As soon as we take over the atomic laboratories, our first job will be to blow up the Martian's Moon bases.
1948 L. R. Hubbard 240,000 Miles Straight Up in Thrilling Wonder Stories Dec. 47/1 Typical corporal-made-good, Slavinsky had been Moscow's favorite peasant. About as cultured as a bull, he was quite proud of his refinement. And he had been sent with troops, supplies and bombs to command Russia's most trusted post, the Moonbase.
1948 R. A. Heinlein Space Cadet 24 A cabal of high-ranking officers, acting from Moon Base, tried to seize power over the entire world. The plot would have been successful had not Lieutenant Dahlquist disabled every atom-bomb rocket at Moon Base by removing the fissionable material from each and wrecking the triggering mechanisms.
1951 J. D. MacDonald Wine of Dreamers (1968) i. 7 The South American Coalition has refused to back down on their claim to five thousand miles of their moon base, even though they admit that it is almost a month since the last weak signals were received, and all expedition personnel must be assumed dead.
1951 A. Coppel Task to Luna Jan. 56/2 If there were no trouble from the Russki, he would return to his own ship and begin setting up the first cell of what would soon be the Anglo-American Moon Base. As soon as he signalled a safe landing, other rockets would come to add their cells, and presently there would be an atomic rocket pointed dead at the heart of every Russian population center.
1953 P. K. Dick in Space Sci. Fiction May 140/2 If I find the Moon Base in time, perhaps I can get them to send a ship back to pick you up. If I find the base in time. If not, then you haven't a chance. I can imagine there are supplies on the ship. They will last me long enough.
1953 P. K. Dick in Space Sci. Fiction May 140/2 An interesting point. But you see, I know where the Moon Base is. And you don't. You might fly around for months and not find it. It's well hidden.
1953 P. K. Dick in Space Sci. Fiction May 108/2 The American bloc governments moved to the Moon base the first year. There was not much else to do. Europe was gone; a slag heap with dark weeds growing from the ashes and bones. Most of North America was useless; nothing could be planted, no one could live. A few million people kept going up in Canada and down in South America. But during the second year, Soviet parachutists began to drop, a few at first, then more and more. They wore the first really effective anti-radiation equipment; what was left of American production moved to the Moon along with the governments.
1953 P. K. Dick in Space Sci. Fiction May 106/2 ‘Moon Base, sir,’ the communications officer said. On the screen the face of the lunar monitor appeared. His crisp uniform contrasted to the uniforms in the bunker. And he was clean shaven. ‘Moon Base.’‘This is forward command L-Whistle. On Terra. Let me have General Thompson.’
1986 W. Strieber & J. Kunetka Nature's End (1987) i. 100 So all we have is the L-5 colony and the moonbases.
1991 Locus Sept. 23/3 Little does he know that he is being used as a pawn in Skycor's larger game of getting the troubled moonbase off its back and off its books. Although Skycor's machinations are hidden from the moondogs, its oppressive management style is not. The crew of Descartes Station are treated little better than any worker has been under unbridled capitalism.
1991 Sci. Fiction Chron. May 32/2 A large, breathtaking novel of 4 societies cut off from the home world, 3 in orbit, one in a moonbase.
1993 D. Beason & K. J. Anderson Assemblers of Infinity i. 14 He smiled as Cyndi Salito continued to drive to the moonbase.
1994 J. Barnes Mother of Storms (1995) i. 76 They treat the Euromodule as sort of a hotel room, where their guys sleep between fixing robots, or on their way to and from their tiny moonbase while they assemble their ships here.
2005 R. J. Sawyer Mindscan xi. 83 The Immortex staffer had been wise to warn us: the moonbase here was utilitarian at best—it felt like the inside of a submarine.