Full record for dirtside adj.

Definition on the surface of a planet (as opposed to in space)
OED requirements antedating 1953
Earliest cite Heinlein, "Starman Jones"
Comment Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1980 edition of Heinlein's Starman Jones, which was verified by John Doyle in the 1953 first edition. Brian Hopper submitted a different cite from the 1953 first edition.Douglas Winston submitted a 2001 cite from David Gerrold's "Bouncing Off the Moon". Douglas Winston submitted a 2002 cite from Tanya Huff's "The Better Part of Valor". Douglas Winston submitted a 1987 cite from Chris Claremont's "First Flight". Michael Dolbear submitted a 1995 cite from a reprint of Lois McMaster Bujold's "Mirror Dance". Michael Dolbear submitted a 2002 cite from David Weber's "War of Honor". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from an undated Ace books reprint of Robert A. Heinlein's "Time for the Stars"
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Citations for dirtside adj.

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1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones (1980) v. 46 If you mess it up, I'll leave you dirtside and raise without you.
1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones 64 If you mess it up, I'll leave you dirtside and raise without you. Let me see you walk again.
1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones (1975) x. 102 He went dirtside with Sam, dressed in his best and filled with curiosity.
1956 Astounding Sci. Fiction Feb. 10/1 If a man walks in dressed like a hick and acting as if he owned the place, he's a spaceman. It is a logical necessity. His profession makes him feel like boss of all creation; when he sets foot dirtside he is slumming among the peasants.
1956 R. A. Heinlein Time for Stars x. 102 But somehow without its ever showing we were better chaperoned than is usual back dirtside.
1986 D. Brin & G. Benford Heart of Comet 90 Probably too late for me, though. I'll have to go live on Earth to have my babies, and no male spacer will give up the Black to stay dirtside with me.
1987 C. Claremont FirstFlight iii. 37 People who couldn't cut life dirtside and fled to space the way men used to join the French Foreign Legion?
1987 C. Claremont FirstFlight iii. 34 There were three complete sets of spares, but since there was time they decided to grab the new unit from dirtside storage and took the shuttle down, leaving Nicole the only one aboard.
1987 C. Claremont FirstFlight iii. 33 That same week, the Mission Specialists began loading and stowing their gear, the crew spending as much time aboard the spacecraft as dirtside at DaVinci.
1993 J. DeChancie Kruton Interface ii. 20 It's just that everyone's dirtside and there's no one to stand watch during mealtime.
1993 D. Beason & K. J. Anderson Assemblers of Infinity i. 12 If the wizards back dirtside keep their part of the bargain, we could have a working fusion plant by early next year.
1994 L. M. Bujold Mirror Dance i. 19 The third crate, smaller than the second, proved to contain a set of half-armor, lacking built-in weapons and not meant for space, but rather for dirtside combat under normal or near-normal pressure, temperature, and atmospheric conditions.
1996 D. Weber Honor Among Enemies xxix. 381 At least she wasn't forced to spend much time dirtside.
2002 D. Weber War of Honor lxix. 852 And can we really afford to have you sitting in a dirtside office as First Lord instead of in a fleet command?
2003 H. Phillips Gate Between Hope and Glory in S. Lee & S. Miller Low Port 47 You're afraid that if the bosses, who already think your big brother is a unionizer, find him with unauthorized personnel they maybe won't bother with a shuttle when they send him dirtside, yeah?
2006 S. M. Stirling Sky People i. 21, I know three months in zero-G makes you feel like a boiled noodle when you get back dirtside.