Full record for anywhen n.

OED requirements antedating 1941
Earliest cite Robert A. Heinlein, Elsewhen
Comment The sense needed is in relation to time travel. The OED has an entry for the sense "at any time", but not for the sf sense.

Varun Rao submitted a cite from a 1990 reprint of Isaac Asimov's "The End of Eternity". Ralf Brown submitted a cite from a 1987 reprint of Robert Heinlein's story "Elsewhen"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1941 first publication. Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of Fritz Leiber's "Try and Change the Past"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1958 first magazine appearance. Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1981 reprint of Poul Anderson's "The Avatar". Ralf Brown located and Daniel Frankham submitted a 1971 cite from Robert Silverberg's "In Entropy's Jaws". Jeff Prucher submitted a 2002 cite from Jasper Fforde's "The Eyre Affair"

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Citations for anywhen n.

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1941 ‘C. Saunders’ in Astounding Sci. Fiction Sept. 100/1 The younger man glanced about him. ‘Where are the others?’‘Where? Anywhere,’ replied Frost with a shrug, ‘and anywhen.
2001 J. Fforde Eyre Affair 2 I wasn't a member of the ChronoGuard. I never wanted to be. By all accounts it's not a huge barrel of laughs, although the pay is good and the service boasts a retirement plan second to none: a one-way ticket to anywhere and anywhen you want.