Full record for interplanetary n.

Definition a story about interplanetary travel
OED requirements antedating 1939
Earliest cite Charles Hornig in Science Fiction
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from L. Sprague de Camp's "Science-Fiction Handbook". Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from "Hudson Hastings" (Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore) in Thrilling Wonder Stories. Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from Michael Wigodsky in Thrilling Wonder Stories. Fred Galvin submitted a 1939 cite from editorial material by Charles Hornig in the magazine Science Fiction. Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from L. Sprague de Camp's "Science Fiction Handbook". Fred Galvin submitted a 1940 cite from a letter in Astonishing Stories.

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1939 C. Hornig Fantasy Fan in Sci. Fiction Oct. 119/1 So if you like a variety of good stories, I don't think you'll ever get tired of reading SCIENCE FICTION—because I try to get as much variety into one issue as possible, without passing out of the realm of fantasy. Not all interplanetaries—not all laboratory yarns—not all world dooms, but a generous sprinkling of all types.
1947 Thrilling Wonder Stories October 100/2 THE BIG NIGHT: an interplanetary, but what a difference! This really gives you something to think about!
1947 Thrilling Wonder Stories June 112/2 The inside dope on THE BIG NIGHT is that I suddenly realized I hadn't written an interplanetary story for years. Okay, I said—and sat down at the typewriter and looked blankly into space. There wasn't any story. The trouble with doing an interplanetary yarn, as far as I'm concerned, is that it's apt to be just that and nothing more. And the fact that a vessel can travel between planets or stars isn't intrinsically interesting. The first few stories involving such traffic were, just as the Nautilus was one of the first and therefore one of the most interesting submarines. ‘Look,’ I said to myself, ‘maybe you better write a story about a giant amoeba, kid.’‘I won't,’ I said stubbornly. ‘I hate giant amoebas. I'm going to write an interplanetary. I want to.’
1953 L. S. de Camp Science Fiction Handbook 69 Some of these had imaginative themes, such as William Wallace Cook's Adrift in the Unknown, an interplanetary, in Street and Smith's Adventure Library.