Full record for credit n.

Definition a unit of money, currency
OED requirements antedating 1937
Earliest cite E.E. Smith, "Galactic Patrol"
Comment Mike Christie submitted a citation from 1939.
Cory Panshin submitted a cite from a 1978 reprint of Fredric Brown's 1948 novel "What Mad Universe?".
Dan Tilque submitted a cite from a reprint of E.E. Smith's "Galactic Patrol"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1937 original magazine appearance.
Michael Dolbear submitted a cite from a 1978 reprint of H. Beam Piper's "Space Viking"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1962 magazine appearance.
Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1983 reprint of Alan Dean Foster's "The Tar-Aiym Krang"; Douglas Winston verified the cite in the 1972 first edition.
Enoch Forrester submitted a 1987 cite from John M. Ford's "How Much for Just the Planet?"
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1951 cite from Mack Reynolds' "The Case of the Little Green Men".
Katrina Campbell submitted a 1982 cite from Anne McCaffrey's "Crystal Singer".
Brian Ameringen submitted a cite from a 1972 reprint of John W. Campbell's "The Mightiest Machine"; we would like to check the first appearance in the December 1934 Astounding.
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Citations for credit n.

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1937 E. E. Smith in Astounding Stories Dec. 68/2 Bid, one thousand credits per packet of ten. Offered, none at any price.
1939 C. L. Moore in Astounding Sci. Fiction July 141/1 Sallie's laughter was light. ‘Only fifteen hundred credits. That's dirt-cheap for a Skiparelle model.’
1949 R. A. Heinlein Cuts to ‘Red Planet’ in R. A. Heinlein & V. Heinlein Grumbles from Grave (1990) 252 We'll go hunting together and I'll bet you two credits that I score first.
1949 R. A. Heinlein Cuts to ‘Red Planet’ in R. A. Heinlein & V. Heinlein Grumbles from Grave (1990) 252 We'll go hunting together and I'll bet you two credits that I score first.
1951 M. Reynolds Case of Little Green Men 200 ‘Listen‥how about another woji ? All this talking has made me a little dry.’‘Sure,’ he said and slid a two-minute credit out to Beri. Then he walked over to the Vio-Box and looked over its selection.
1962 H. B. Piper in Analog Sci. Fiction/Fact Dec. 122/2 Our currency is based on services to society. Our monetary unit is simply called a credit.
1972 A. D. Foster Tar-Aiym Krang 23, I can't set value on my answers, only on your question. Whatever you deem it worth, sir. If I give no answer I will refund your credits.
1975 J. Brunner Shockwave Rider (1977) 25 Fluckner had resorted to one of the oldest tricks in the store and turned loose in the continental net a self-perpetuating tapeworm, probably headed by a denunciation group ‘borrowed’ from a major corporation, which would shunt itself from one nexus to another every time his credit-code was punched into a keyboard. It could take days to kill a worm like that, and sometimes weeks.
1978 F. Brown What Mad Universe? 21 If their value was even approximately the same in credits that it was in dollars, then two credits must be at least roughly equivalent to twenty cents.
1982 A. McCaffrey Crystal Singer 227 Those black crystals brought you a total of twenty-three thousand credits.
1985 M. W. Bonanno Dwellers in Crucible v.113 Scotty tossed a few Credits into the mess and walked stiffly toward the Gents'.
1987 J. M. Ford How Much For Just the Planet? 8 ‘I admit that the Deployable Target is a very fancy rubber balloon,’ Kirk said, ‘not to mention expensive—’‘Two point eight six three million credits for each of the four prototypes,’ Spock said.
1993 I. Asimov Forward Foundation 342 He had no credits to continue his work—no credits to locate others like Wanda, no credits to pay his workers on the Psychohistory Project at Streeling, no credits to set up his all-important Encyclopedia Project at the Galactic Library.
1993 J. Pournelle & S. M. Stirling Prince of Sparta 183 We be needing CS credits and Friedlander marks someday too.
1995 C. Carter Truth is out There: Official Guide to The X Files The Episodes: Season 1 154 Born in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, Ivanek's credits include the movies Mass Appeal and Agnes of God.
1997 J. Vornholt Mind Meld iii. 47 The rural craft guilds need the Federation credits from this agreement.