Full record for spacemanship n.

Definition skill or experience in piloting a spacecraft
OED requirements antedating 1934
Earliest cite E. E. Smith, 'Skylark of Valeron'
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1934 cite from E. E. Smith's "Skylark of Valeron". Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from George O. Smith's "Troubled Star". Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from Edmond Hamilton's "The Star of Life". Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from Harry Stine's "Greenhorn". Fred Galvin submitted a 1949 cite from Alfred Coppel, Jr.'s "Runaway". Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from A. Bertram Chandler's "Viscous Circle". Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1964 reprint of Jack Vance's 1962 "Sail 25". Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1958 reprint of Clark Ashton Smith's "Master of the Asteroid"; we would like to verify this in the first magazine appearance in Wonder Stories, Oct. 1932.
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Citations for spacemanship n.

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1934 E. E. Smith Skylark of Valeron in Astounding Stories Aug. 23/1 So consummate had been Loring's spacemanship that the scout did not even roll.
1940 Astounding Sci.-Fiction Sept. 98/2 Haven't you even pored over the charts of this region so as to know what difficulties in spacemanship you might encounter?
1947 E. Hamilton Star of Life in Startling Stories Jan. 25/2 Rab Quobba and little Tammas stayed when Wilson had gone, and Hammond plied them with eager questions about the spacemanship of this age.
1948 C. A. Smith Master of the Asteroid in Strange Ports of Call 13 I have passed several more of the asteroids—irregular fragments, little larger than meteoric stones; and all my skill of spacemanship had been taxed severely to avert collision.
1949 A. Coppel Runaway in Planet Stories Spring 33/2 In those days no one had ever heard of deflectors, and a free passage through the Belt was a one in a thousand chance. Yet, being young and a bit cocky, I was willing to attribute it to my own spacemanship.
1952 H. Stine Greenhorn in Fantastic Story Mag. Fall 112/2 Insurance rates on pilots and ships required by Space Code were high, and there was always the human element of error in spacemanship.
1953 A. B. Chandler Viscous Circle in Fantastic Universe June–July 61/2 It's only Air Force training—but officers are expected to have some slight smattering of spacemanship.
1953 G. O. Smith Troubled Star in Startling Stories Feb. 44/2 Then his mind would wander a bit and Scyth would chuckle quietly over something entirely removed from spacemanship.
1958 A.B. Chandler Rim of Space (1979) 56 Calver was a spaceman and the solution of problems of spacemanship and astronautics was, to him, second nature.
1962 J. Vance Gateway to Strangeness in Amazing Stories Aug. 18/2 This is poor spacemanship. The sail must always be in such a position as to hold the wires taut.