|Definition||one who practices astrogation|
|OED requirements||antedating 1931|
|Earliest cite||David Lasser, "the Conquest of Space"|
|Comment||Bill Seabrook located and Mike Christie confirmed a Feb 1942 cite from Theodore Sturgeon's "Medusa".
Rick Hauptmann submitted a cite from a reprint of Robert Heinlein's "Universe"; Mike Christie verified it in the original 1941 magazine appearance.
Rick Hauptmann submitted a 1935 cite from Stanley Weinbaum's "The Planet of Doubt".
Adam Buchbinder submitted a 1931 cite from David Lasser's "the Conquest of Space"
Earliest cite in the OED: Nov 1942
|Last modified||25 June, 2009|
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|1931 D. Lasser The Conquest of Space 211||Surely a complete faith in the laws of mathematics and astronomy must be the first requisite of the interplanetary astrogator.|
|1935 S. G. Weinbaum in Astounding Stories Oct. 126/2||‘Not with a woman aboard,’ grunted the astrogator.|
|1935 S. G. Weinbaum in Astounding Stories Oct. 108/1||Harbord was a good astrogator.|
|1942 ‘T. Sturgeon’ in Astounding Sci. Fiction Feb. 80/2||Your job is to tend the control machinery, and to act as assistant astrogator no matter what happens.|
|1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones (1975) ii. 30||So you want to be an astrogator?|
|1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones (1980) xx. 186||I'll astrogate—shucks, I suppose it's all right to call me the astrogator, under the circumstances.|
|1988 A. C. Clarke 2061: Odyssey Three 144||The astrogator was carrying a set of charts, and seemed a little ill at ease.|
|1993 D. Carey Great Starship Race xix. 260||In minutes there were only a few amber lights left on the panels‥and the milky glow of Chekov's navigation astrogator.|
|1994 B. Hambly Crossroad ii.17||My astrogator and supercargo. We're free traders.|
|1995 J. Barnes Kaleidoscope Cent. (1996) 250||Don't try to hack the control systems—you could screw up life support. Besides, you're not an astrogator.|
|1998 G. Cox Assignment: Eternity viii. 124||Next to him, on the other side of the astrogator, Ensign Sheryl Gates filled in for Chekov at the navigation console.|
|2005 C. Stross Accelerando vii. 283||His gaze skitters around the room, looking anywhere but at Amber—and Pierre, her lanky toy-boy astrogator and bed warmer—as he laces his fingers.|