Full record for dirtside adv.

Definition toward the surface of a planet
OED requirements antedating 1957
Earliest cite Robert A. Heinlein, 'Double Star'
Comment Douglas Winston submitted a 1993 cite from John DeChancie's "The Kruton Interface". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1985 reprint of Andre Norton's "Sargasso of Space"; we would like to verify this in the 1955 first edition. Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1987 reprint of Greg Benford and David Brin's 1986 "Heart of the Comet". Douglas Winston submitted a 2003 cite from Holly Phillips' "The Gate Between Hope and Glory". Douglas Winston submitted cites from a reprint of Heinlein's 1957 "Double Star". Michael Dolbear submitted cites from a 1997 reprint of David Weber's 1996 "Honor Among Enemies"
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Citations for dirtside adv.

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1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones 64 If you mess it up, I'll leave you dirtside and raise without you. Let me see you walk again.
1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones (1975) x. 102 He went dirtside with Sam, dressed in his best and filled with curiosity.
1956 Astounding Sci. Fiction Feb. 10/1 If a man walks in dressed like a hick and acting as if he owned the place, he's a spaceman. It is a logical necessity. His profession makes him feel like boss of all creation; when he sets foot dirtside he is slumming among the peasants.
1956 R. A. Heinlein Time for Stars x. 102 But somehow without its ever showing we were better chaperoned than is usual back dirtside.
1986 D. Brin & G. Benford Heart of Comet 90 Probably too late for me, though. I'll have to go live on Earth to have my babies, and no male spacer will give up the Black to stay dirtside with me.
1987 C. Claremont FirstFlight iii. 33 That same week, the Mission Specialists began loading and stowing their gear, the crew spending as much time aboard the spacecraft as dirtside at DaVinci.
1987 C. Claremont FirstFlight iii. 37 People who couldn't cut life dirtside and fled to space the way men used to join the French Foreign Legion?
1993 J. DeChancie Kruton Interface ii. 20 It's just that everyone's dirtside and there's no one to stand watch during mealtime.
1993 D. Beason & K. J. Anderson Assemblers of Infinity i. 12 If the wizards back dirtside keep their part of the bargain, we could have a working fusion plant by early next year.
1996 D. Weber Honor Among Enemies xxix. 381 At least she wasn't forced to spend much time dirtside.
2003 H. Phillips Gate Between Hope and Glory in S. Lee & S. Miller Low Port 47 You're afraid that if the bosses, who already think your big brother is a unionizer, find him with unauthorized personnel they maybe won't bother with a shuttle when they send him dirtside, yeah?