Full record for earthlike adj.

Definition like the Earth
OED requirements antedating 1928
Earliest cite E.E. Smith, The Skylark of Space
Comment Sue Surova submitted a cite from 1952. Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1987 reprint of Olaf Stapledon's "Star Maker"; we would like to check the 1937 first edition. Mike Christie submitted a 1966 cite from Larry Niven's "At the Bottom of a Hole". Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1982 reprint of Clifford Simak's 1981 "Project Pope". Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1990 reprint of Dan Simmons' 1989 "Hyperion". Mike Christie submitted a 1988 cite from Arthur C. Clarke's "2061: Odyssey Three". Mike Christie submitted a 1949 cite from William Bade's "Lost Ulysses". Mike Christie submitted a 1948 cite from Poul Anderson's "Genius". Mike Christie submitted a 1945 cite from an unascribed piece, probably by John Campbell, in Astounding. Mike Christie submitted a 1943 cite from an editorial by John Campbell in Astounding. Mike Christie submitted a 1938 cite from E.E. Smith's "Galactic Patrol". Fred Galvin submitted a 1928 cite for "earth-like" from E.E. Smith's "The Skylark of Space".
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Citations for earthlike adj.

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1928 E. E. Smith & L. H. Garby Amazing Stories in Amazing Stories Sept. 550/1 We found air and Earth-like conditions here; we probably will elsewhere.
1937 O. Stapledon Star Maker (1987) 70 On one very small but earthlike planet we discovered a quasi-human race which was probably unique.
1938 E. E. Smith Galactic Patrol in Astounding Stories Jan. 131/1 Off he shot, and in due course a fair, green, Earthlike planet lay beneath his vessel's keel.
1943 J. W. Campbell Arithmetic & Empire in Astounding Sci. Fiction Nov. 3/2 Since a planet habitable for humankind will, of necessity, be Earthlike, an average population per planet of one billion would be conservative.
1945 Astounding Sci. Fiction Jan. 144 There is, then, an inherent near-impossibility in finding earthlike planets.
1948 P. Anderson in Astounding Sci. Fiction Dec. 23/2 There are three control stations, Earth-like planets where ordinary human types were left, and from them we're getting valuable information on the path which terrestrial history actually took.
1949 Astounding Sci. Fiction May 126/1 They found five planets which would support human life, two of them exceptionally earthlike.
1952 J. Blish in Galaxy Aug. 6/1 Besides, Paul, we try to produce men adapted to Earthlike planets, nothing more.
1957 J. Blish Seedling Stars 104 Besides, Paul, we don't make men. We adapt them—adapt them to Earthlike planets, nothing more than that.
1958 R. Silverberg Invaders from Earth (1987) x. 95 It was very Earthlike, and there was nothing alien about it.
1964 G. Roddenberry Let. to F. Bachelin 10 Dec. in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ (1968) i. vii. 110 The eagles over the courtyard arch are much too earthlike. We should remember this and find new heads to put on them.
1966 L. Niven in Galaxy Mag. Dec. 100/1 Those hotels, and the scattered hotels in the other bubbleworld, served every Belter's occasional need for an Earthlike environment.
1966 E. E. Smith Skylark DuQuesne vi. 43 Whether or not a Tellus-type planet ordinarily becomes unfit to support human life before its sun goes nova is not surely known. Nor does it matter very much; for, long before either event occurs, the human race involved has developed a faster-than-light drive and has at its disposal dozens or hundreds of Earth-like planets upon which even subhuman life has not yet developed.
1977 G. Zebrowski Ashes & Stars 7 A hundred thousand worlds circle their suns here, many of them earth-like; others are too young for intelligent life to have developed; some cradle pre-space humanoid cultures; still others have in-system space travel; many are dead worlds.
1979 J. Oberg Farming Planets in O. Davis Omni Bk. of Space 15 The earth could serve as a blueprint for the transformation of her sterile sister worlds into earthlike ecologies.
1981 C. D. Simak Project Pope (1982) 22 So far as the planet is concerned, I know nothing except that it is Earthlike. No trouble for humans to live there.
1984 D. Brin Practice Effect i.ii.8 Your routines worked almost at once. And turned up the most amazingly Earthlike world.
1987 O. Butler Dawn (1991) iv. ix. 257 She wanted to stay in an Earthlike setting until she went to Earth. She wanted to stay with human beings even though for a time, she did not love them.
1988 A. C. Clarke 2061 112 Only on Ganymede and Europa were there regions with Earthlike temperatures.
1991 Sci. Fiction Chron. May 32/3 They land on an obscure, apparently uninhabited Earthlike world.
1993 SFRA Rev. Jan. 28 [Gerard O'Neill and his students] literally invented what has come to be called the L-5 space colony concept: gigantic space habitats built between the Earth and the Moon, big enough to house thousands or even millions of permanent residents in a completely Earthlike environment.
1993 K. S. Robinson Red Mars iii. 90 But it was not Earthlike, that strangely close horizon.
1993 K. S. Robinson Red Mars ii.37, I got the impression it was already Earthlike.
1993 J. Pournelle & S. M. Stirling Prince of Sparta 49 A random introduction of Earth bacteria, plant life and simple animals is an excellent trial indicator of the suitability of roughly Earthlike world for human settlement.
1994 Analog Science Fiction & Fact Jan. 187/2 The cosmic accident of a very large moon is unlikely to be repeated for Earth-like planets elsewhere in the galaxy.
1994 B. Bova Craft of Writing Sci. Fict. that Sells xv. 155 The planet is wildly inhospitable for the human habitation; the pioneer's mission is to make it Earthlike.
1996 Interzone May 7/2 It appeared vaguely Earthlike: thick cloud cover over transparent oxygen-nitrogen air, oceans of water.
1997 J. A. Gardner Expendable (1997) xviii. 330 Sending humans to an Earthlike world doesn't put them in legal danger.
1999 C. Pellegrino & G. Zebrowski Star Trek Next Generation: Dyson Sphere iii. 47 I'm seeing an apparent antimatter engine burn near an Earthlike planet orbiting some seventy million kilometers from the sun.
2005 Sci. News Aug. 13 111/3 It seems to me that ‘Earthlike’ is overused in the media‥. Gliese 876′s orbit is very un-Earthlike, and its mass is too.
2006 J. McDevitt Odyssey xx. 176 Terranova had ice caps and mountain ranges and island groups. It was an odd experience, looking at a place so Earthlike, but with unfamiliar landmasses.