Full record for planetside adj.

Definition occurring on the surface of a planet
OED requirements antedating 1956
Earliest cite D. Knight 'Stranger Station'
Comment E.g. 'a planetside war'.

Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1980 reprint of Orson Scott Card's story "And What Will We Do Tomorrow?" in "Capitol". Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1977 reprint of Andre Norton's 1968 "The Zero Stone". Douglas Winston submitted a 1988 cite from L.E. Modesitt, Jr.'s "In Endless Twilight". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1992 reprint of Timothy Zahn's 1991 "Heir to the Empire". Douglas Winston submitted a 1963 cite from H. Beam Piper's "Space Viking". Michael Dolbear submitted a cite from a 2001 reprint of Elizabeth Moon's 2000 "Against the Odds". Michael Dolbear submitted a cite from a 1994 reprint of David Weber's 1993 "On Basilisk Station". Douglas Winston submitted a cite for the form "planet-side" from a 1985 reprint of Andre Norton's 1955 "Sargasso of Space"; Mike Christie verified this from a 1957 reprint. Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Damon Knight's "Stranger Station".

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Citations for planetside adj.

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1955 P. J. Farmer Father in Mag. Fantasy & Sci. Fiction July 4/1 that had not changed since the Twenty-First Century. Though it was well known that he felt a little ridiculous when he wore it planet-side, when he was on his ship he walked as a man clad in armor.
1955 ‘A. North’ Sargasso of Space ii. 22 The voyage to Naxos was routine. And the frontier world where they set down at its end was enough like Terra to be unexciting too. Not that Dane got any planet-side leave.
1956 D. Knight Stranger Station in Mag. Fantasy & Sci. Fiction Dec. 11/1 Wesson had been a space-dweller for most of his adult life, and knew even in his bones that if an orbital station ever collapsed, the ‘under’ part would not be crushed but would be hurled away by its own angular momentum. This was not the oppressiveness of planetside buildings, where the looming mass above you seemed always threatening to fall: this was something else, completely distinct, and impossible to argue away.
1959 D. A. Wollheim Secret of Ninth Planet 37 Completing the members of the expedition was another trio chosen to act as general crew, medical and commissary men while in flight, and as a trained explorer-fighter unit while on planetside.
1959 H. Ellison Run for Stars in Touch of Infinity 41 Every able-bodied man had been sent planetside to search for the bomb.
1963 H. B. Piper Space Viking 35 And his having the blazonry changed, from the sword-and-atom symbol to the blue crescent. And the ill-feeling on the part of other captains and planet-side employers about the men he'd lured away from them.
1968 A. Norton Zero Stone (1977) 140 Though they wore the conventional planetside dress of any crewmen, coveralls and boots, those had no insignia on breast or collar.
1974 J. Haldeman Forever War (1997) 204 The troops weren't happy with my decision to construct the anti-spacecraft and perimeter defenses before putting up living quarters. That was by the book, though, and they got two days of shipboard rest for every ‘day’ planetside—which wasn't overly generous, I admit, since ship days were 24 hours long, and a day on the planet was 38.5 hours from dawn to dawn.
1978 P. Anderson Avatar (1981) 270 ‘No, you went planetside.’‘Precisely because I am an expendable.’
1979 B. Longyear in Isaac Asimov's Sci. Fiction Mag. Mar. 138 The rules for visiting planetside are being observed, aren't they?
1979 O. S. Card And what will we do Tomorrow? (1980) 182 He bloodied himself in a dozen planetside wars, sent fleets here and there at his command, but it was I who made the plans‥I who fired the starships and sent them on their way.
1988 L. E. Modesitt, Jr. In Endless Twilight 213 Gerswin ignored the Imperial byplay, since neither corvette could fire again without risking planetside damage.
1990 A. McCaffrey & J. L. Nye Death of Sleep (1992) 7 During her remaining days planetside, she had turned over her laboratory work to a co-worker.
1991 T. Zahn Star Wars: Heir to Empire (1992) 98 Communications stations flared and went black; planetside industrial targets flared, went dark, then flared again as secondary fires were ignited.
1992 P. David Imzadi (1993) 35, I've been back planetside a few times‥but I never saw you.
1992 P. David Imzadi v. 35, I really am a sleaze. I've been back planetside a few times‥but I never saw you. Never tried to contact you.
1993 D. Weber On Basilisk Station (1994) 106 Merchant houses started establishing local planetside offices to manage their part of the network as it grew.
1999 M. J. Friedman My Brother's Keeper ii. i. 7 It was only customary to do so when a crewman lacked family and friends planetside.
2000 E. Moon Against Odds (2001) 313 The planetside headquarters of the Regular Space Service comprised a warren of buildings that radiated from the back of the Ministry of Defense.
2003 Interzone Apr. 58/1 And then, again in 2400, but this time planetside, at New Venusport, we encounter Tig Vesicle, a kind of quasi-alien called a New Man, who runs a tank farm wherein is hiding Ed Chianese, a low-life ne'er-do-well who would rather avoid trouble than face it, and as a consequence creates more problems than he solves.
2006 S. M. Stirling Sky People i. 36 Anyone who thought they could forbid liquor traffic in an organization founded by Russians was crazy. That didn't stop Security from trying, of course, and even trying to prevent people from making their own untaxed hooch down planetside, which showed you how in touch with reality they were.
2009 Fantasy & Sci. Fiction Apr. 203 No one now expected to hear from the planetside colony.