Full record for farside n.

Definition The part of the Moon facing away from Earth
OED requirements antedating 1962
Comment Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1962 cite from Robert A. Heinlein's "Searchlight". Irene Grumman submitted a 1993 cite from Terry Bisson's "The Shadow Knows". Michael Dolbear and Dan Tilque independently submitted different cites from editions of Arthur C. Clarke's "A Fall of Moondust"; the cites appear in a 1963 reprint, and we would like to verify them in the 1961 first publication.

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Citations for farside n.

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1961 A. C. Clarke Fall of Moondust 31 When a ship's down on the Moon, it can be spotted very quickly from one of the satellites—either Lagrange II, above Earthside, or Lagrange I, over Farside.
1962 Sci. Amer. Aug. 88/2 Her pilot was a safety pilot: such ships shuttled unpiloted between Tychoand Farside daily.
1974 J. Varley Picnic on Nearside in Mag. Fantasy & Sci. Fiction Aug. 101/2 They say that's what drove people to the Farside: the constant reminder of what they had lost, always there in the sky. It must have been hard, especially to the Earthborn. Whatever the reason, no-one had lived on the Nearside for almoost a century. All the original settlements had dwindled as people had moved to the comforting empty sky of Farside.
1984 R. Silverberg Waiting for Earthquake in R. Silverberg Conglomeroid Cocktail Party (1984) 214 His first stop was Meditation Island, the jumping-off point for those who went to visit Virgil Oddum's fantastic and ever-evolving ice sculptures out on Farside.
1992 A. Steele Labyrinth of Night 131, I didn't know myself until about three weeks ago, just before we went around the solar farside. We received some E-mail for you on the Huntsville uplink, and that's when I was briefed ‥
1993 A. C. Clarke Hammer of God 93 The signal was picked up loud and clear, during a routine survey, by one of the smaller radio telescopes on lunar Farside—still a fairly quiet place, despite the local communications traffic.
1993 T. Bisson Shadow Knows Sept. 19 Situated on the farside of the Moon, facing always away from the Earth, Houbolt lies open to the Universe.
1997 A. C. Clarke 3001: Final Odyssey xix. 138 Ten of us‥went into Farside, and chased the Sun down to the horizon so it really was night.