Full record for generation starship n.

Definition an interstellar spacecraft in which multiple generations of passengers are born live, and die before arrival at its destination.
OED requirements antedating 1979
Earliest cite The Science Fiction Encyclopedia
Comment Jeff Prucher submitted a 1999 cite from an article by John Gerlach in Extrapolation.
Jeff Prucher submitted a 2002 cite from a review by Nick Gevers in the Washington Post.
Jeff Prucher submitted a 2000 cite from an article by Gregory Benford and George Zebrowski in the Magazine of Fantasy & SF.
Michael Dolbear submitted a 2001 cite from Robin D. Owens' "HeartMate".
Michael Dolbear submitted a 2001 cite from Stephen Baxter's "Manifold: Space".
Douglas Winston submitted a 2001 cite from John Clute's "Appleseed".
Adam Buchbinder submitted a 1979 cite from the entry "Generation Starships" in "The Science Fiction Encyclopedia" edited by Peter Nicholls.
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Citations for generation starship n.

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1979 P. Nicholls Sci. Fiction Encyclopedia 248/2 This is the classic generation-starship story in which the crew have forgotten that they are on a ship, and have descended to a state of rigidly stratified and superstitious social organization; the unusually intelligent hero discovers the truth in a traumatic conceptual breakthrough.
1984 I. Asimov et al. Isaac Asimov Presents Best Sci. Fiction Firsts 95 Many different strategies for sending ships to the stars have been suggested‥. One of the most interesting concepts is the generation starship, a vehicle which takes centuries and is crewed by generation after generation of persons born, educated, and trained on board.
1999 Extrapolation Summer 155 Most readers will resolve the instability of science and fantasy by developing a rational explanation, first by hypothesizing that this ‘whorl’, as it's called, with its cities visible above in the night sky, is some sort of space ark (generation starship) illuminated with the futuristic equivalent of a huge fluorescent light bulb.
2000 G. Benford & G. Zebrowski A Scientist's Notebook: Skylife in Mag. Fantasy and Sci. Fiction Feb. 110/2 Don Wilcox's ‘The Voyage that Lasted Six Hundred Years’ (1940) introduced the idea of using generation starships to reach the stars, in the form that was to be often imitated, one year before Robert A. Heinlein's more famous story ‘Universe’ and its forgotten sequel ‘Common Sense’—gritty realistic dramas of travelers aboard a space ark who learn, in the manner of a Copernican-Galilean revolution, that their world is a ship.
2001 Locus June 70/3 Haussman was born aboard one of a flotilla of generation starships.
2001 R. D. Owens HeartMate 188 Zanth says cats remember the generation starships that set out from Earth.
2001 J. Clute Appleseed 193 As they spread upwards and outwards from the beds of tigers—beds each shaft emerged from hollowly, each shaft a whorl tattooed with satrapies—the shafts brachiated bewilderingly, proliferated into gorgets and channels and leaves of armoured skin: became the arcimboldo face of the gorgon gazing unwaveringly through vacuum at the Alderede. Each shaft was like the inner whorl of a generation starship; each exfoliated into Yggdrasil.
2001 S. Baxter Manifold: Space 14 Humans may follow, by such means as generation starships.
2002 N. Gevers Masters of the Universe in Washington Post 7 Apr. 5/3 Here the atmosphere is initially less intense than before; aboard the Whorl, a generation starship dispatched on a mission of colonization by one of Severian's less savory predecessors, life has a sedate pagan rhythm.