Full record for dirtside n.

Definition the surface of a planet
OED requirements antedating 1953
Earliest cite Robert A. Heinlein, "Starman Jones"
Comment Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1985 reprint of Andre Norton's 1955 "Sargasso of Space"; Mike Christie verified this in a 1957 reprint.

We would be interested in further cites of any date from other sources.

Last modified 6 August, 2009

Citations for dirtside n.

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1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones 67 If I wasn't married, I'd 'a' stayed dirtside.
1955 ‘A. North’ Sargasso of Space iii. 30 ‘We can't take the chance,’ he repeated, his lips in an obstinate line. ‘We can fuel this ship for one trip—one trip. If we make it to Limbo and there's no return cargo—well,’ he slapped his hand on the table, ‘you know what that will mean—dirt-side for us!’
1991 K. Laumer Judson's Eden 218 The sound channel crackled and said, loudly, “You, there, dirtside! Speak up!”
2009 Fantasy & Sci. Fiction Apr. 202, I get nothing from either the station or dirtside, just background static.