Full record for planet-buster adj.

Definition capable of destroying a planet
OED requirements antedating 1959
Earliest cite F. Herbert 'The Missing Link'
Comment Stuart Young submitted a cite from a 1981 reprint of Frank Herbert's "The Godmakers". Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1959 cite from Frank Herbert's "Missing Link", which was included in Herbert's "The Godmakers". Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1996 cite from Peter Hamilton's "The Reality Dysfunction". Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of James Tiptree's "Collision"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1986 first magazine appearance. Jeff Prucher submitted a cite from a reprint of a review by John Clute; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1973 first magazine appearance. Douglas Winston submitted a 1989 cite for the form "Planetbuster" from Nick Pollotta and Phil Foglio's "Illegal Aliens",

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1972 F. Herbert Godmakers (1981) 37 This one calls for one planet-buster bomb, buster. In five days. Unless you give them a white bill in the meantime. High Commissioner Bullone will have word of this planet by then. If Gienah still exists in five days, can you imagine the fun the politicians'll have with it? Oh Mamma! Orne, we want this planet cleared for contact or dead before then.