Full record for starfaring adj.

Definition pertaining to interstellar travel
OED requirements antedating 1960
Comment Jeff Prucher submitted a 1993 cite from Pascal J. Thomas in Quantum. Jeff Prucher submitted a 1990 cite from Michael Bishop in Quantum.
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Citations for starfaring adj.

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1960 P. Anderson High Crusade (1982) xiii. 78 Their skirmishes with rival starfaring nations were mostly aerial.
1990 M. Bishop More Than a Masterpiece? in Quantum — Sci. Fiction & Fantasy Rev. Spring 5/2 But Childhood's End concludes with the elevation of terrestrial humanity to a kind of star-faring group spirit, and the grandiosity of this ending, given the somewhat simpler evolutionary mechanics posited in More Than Human , made me see Sturgeon's as the more likely—or, anyway, the more immediate—scenario.
1991 E. Arnason Woman of Iron People (1992) p. xiii, We think it's unlikely that you will meet a star-faring species that is aggressive.
1991 Locus Nov. 29/1 Their starfaring ancestors first landed on Pern.
1992 Sci. Fiction Age Nov. 55/1 On a frosty planetoid they found the ruins of another star-faring civilization, and for a season they practiced their arts.
1993 A. Budrys Hard Landing 61 None of us—not even poor, lonely Selmon, who actually knew something about what goes on inside a starfaring engine—is going to try to help with that.
1993 P. J. Thomas in Quantum Spring–Summer 72/3 Vinge posits a wide range of starfaring races, living in harmony on a large number of planets, and united by a loose commercial network (which does not exclude wars, as the events of the novel make it clear).
1997 2000 AD 28 Oct. 25/1 (caption) This whole ship is some kind of starfaring sex palace!
1998 Interzone Feb. 43/1 Since we have not heard from, and have no evidence of, these starfaring races, the best explanation is that there are no starfaring races.