Full record for post-human adj.

Definition of or relating to a time after the extinction of humans
OED requirements any evidence 1936
Earliest cite H.P. Lovecraft, "The Shadow Out of Time"
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1990 reprint of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Shadow Out of Time". Mike Christie verified this in its first publication (Astounding Stories, June 1936)

This entry has beeen crested to distinguish from the meaning related to a society or world of posthumans, as posthumans could, and in much SF do, co-exist with humans.

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1936 Astounding Stories June 130/1 I shivered at the mysteries the past may conceal, and trembled at the menaces the future may bring forth. What was hinted in the speech of post-human entities of the fate of mankind produced such an effect on me that I will not set it down here.
1936 Astounding Stories June 145/2 I knew there were two more cellar levels in this titan edifice, and trembled with fresh panic as I recalled the metal-clamped trapdoor on the lowest one. There could be no guards now—for what had lurked beneath had long since done its hideous work and sunk into its long decline. By the time of the post-human beetle race it would be quite dead. And yet, as I thought of the native legends, I trembled anew.
1952 P. S. Miller Reference Library in Astounding Sci. Fiction July 159/2 There are the tendrilless slans--numerous, powerful, and vicious—with the same distorted organs and magnified physical and mental powers as the true slans, but without the telepathic powers of the post-human race ‘created’ by Samuel Lann at least fifteen hundred years before.
1971 R. Silverberg Son of Man (1979) xxxiv. 189 Clay senses, as he has never before sensed, the full span of time through which he has passed; for now he is caught in a sea of shapes, prehuman and human and posthuman, coming and going, smothering him, demanding comfort from him, seeking redemption, chattering, laughing, weeping—
1976 R. A. Lafferty Not To Mention Camels vi. 75 Even from a purely technical point of view, you have advanced the posthuman personality beyond any others.
1985 B. Sterling Schismatrix 133 People began to speak, for the first time, of the Schismatrix—of a posthuman solar system, diverse yet unified, where tolerance would rule and every faction would have a share.
1989 Isaac Asimov's Sci. Fiction Mag. Dec. 175/1 Aliens from another dimension have constructed a complex artificial solar system millions of years after the destruction of Earth and populated it with reconstructed humans, terrestrial life forms, and post-human higher Terrestrial sapients from Earth's past.
1994 C. Platt in Sci. Fiction Eye Spring 32/1 For those who prefer hard copy, there's the quarterly Extropy magazine, which contains articles such as‥‘Logical Languages: a Path to Posthuman Rationality?’ by Simon D. Levy.
1994 Interzone Nov. 56/3 The strongest and most satisfying sense of strangeness comes from those scenes set in the cold quietus of space, in which the revolt of the freedead and glimpses of an eternal, posthuman future are limned with concise precision.
1996 B. Sterling Holy Fire 233 She drew an x-y graph with two swift strokes. ‘This bottom axis is the passage of time. And this is the increase in life expectancy. For every year that passes, posthuman life expectancy increases by about a month.’
1996 K. MacLeod Stone Canal (1997) 300 I'm talking, of course, of the templates of the fast folk—posthuman and AI—as they were at the beginning, not the bizzare [sic] entities they became.
2002 L. M. Bujold Diplomatic Immunity 191 At the core are the haut lords, who are, in effect, one giant genetics experiment in producing the post-human race.
2002 C. Stross in Asimov's Sci. Fiction Feb. 18 Their owner is an agalmic entrepreneur, a posthuman genius loci of the net who catalyzes value wherever he goes, leaving money trees growing in his footprints.
2005 C. Stross Accelerando iii. 81 Their owner is a posthuman genius loci of the net, an agalmic entrepreneur turned policy wonk, specializing in the politics of AI emancipation.