Full record for off-planet adj.

Definition originating on another planet; located away from a particular planet
OED requirements antedating 1945
Earliest cite M. Jameson 'Lilies of Life'
Comment Douglas Winston submitted a 1963 cite from H. Beam Piper's "Space Viking". Mike Christie submitted a 1945 cite from Malcolm Jameson's "Lilies of Life". Douglas Winston submitted a 1966 citation from Kris Neville's "The Price of Simeryl". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of H. Beam Piper's 1963 "The Cosmic Computer" (aka "Junkyard Planet"). Douglas Winston submitted a cite for "off planet" from a 1985 reprint of Andre Norton's 1955 "Sargasso of Space"; Mike Christie verified this in a 1957 reprint.

Added to the OED in March 2004 with an earliest date of 1966.

Last modified 6 July, 2008

Citations for off-planet adj.

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1945 M. Jameson Lilies of Life in Astounding Sci. Fiction Feb. 31/1 They've trebled the offplanet patrol and tightened up on port inspection.
1953 H.B. Piper Ullr Uprising in Space Sci. Fiction Feb. 6/1 People came to Niflheim, and worked the mines and uranium refineries and chemical plants, but they did so inside power-driven and contragravity-lifted armor, and they lived on artificial satellites two thousand miles off-planet.
1956 R. Silverberg Lonely One in Sci. Fiction Stories July 117/1 It's been centuries since any Earthman's been allowed to get off-planet.
1963 H. B. Piper Space Viking 38 The Enterprise carries four pinnaces, the same as the Nemesis ; in his place, I'd have at least two of them on off-planet patrol. So let's accept it that we'll be detected as soon as we come out of the last jump, and come out with the moon directly between us and the planet.
1972 U. K. Le Guin The Word for World is Forest in H. Ellison Again, Dangerous Visions 37 There were two possibilities. One: an attack from another camp. Some officer on King or New Java had gone spla and was trying a coup de planète. Two: an attack from off-planet.
1974 J. Haldeman Forever War (1976) 163 Earth's population is stable at just under a billion. When one person dies or goes offplanet, another is quickened.
1975 M. Z. Bradley Heritage of Hastur iii. 39 The Terran was deported and the Guardsman's brother was held in the brig until the Terran was off-planet.
1982 I. Asimov Foundation's Edge 194 Apparently accustomed to off-planet guests, he had smiled paternally as Trevize and Pelorat gingerly scooped at the steaming bits of meat.
1983 M. Z. Bradley Thendara House (1991) i. 148 What would you do if I had gone offplanet, as I would have had every right to do?
1985 M. Larson Pawns & Symbols viii.182 But he will never expect us to send you off-planet.
1990 J. Tiptree, Jr. Color of Neanderthal Eyes 47 In any event, the need to get off-planet and do something for the Mnerrin will dominate my life for a while.
1991 O. S. Card Xenocide xi. 246 She'll have the single starship she needs to get offplanet.
1991 O. S. Card Xenocide viii. 115 To him, going offplanet meant taking the shuttle to the orbiting station.
1991 M. Weiss King's Test ii.v. 145 And now the boy is gone. Off-planet?
1993 J. Pournelle & S. M. Stirling Prince of Sparta 17 They've got too much off-planet support.
1993 D. A. Smith In Cube xvi. 203 In the disneys, anyone not a tourist must dress, speak and behave in period fashion‥.So private security rods, who lived in the Cube like everyone else, donned breeches, long hose‥and practiced archaic English, mock-arresting offplanet Tulguts or Adjawi for their podmates' vids.
1993 Sci. Fiction Age Jan. 53/2 If he got off-planet quickly and converted the styxite into something else of value, he could probably survive.
1997 J. A. Gardner Expendable (1997) xiv. 230 The synthesizers made that axe‥. As long as no one took weapons offplanet, the League didn't care.
2001 Sci. Fiction Chron. July 27/1 Those of us stuck on the Earth will come to resent those in space‥even to the point where we don't want them to take their personal belongings with them because they'll be taking Earth stuff off planet.
2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star xix. 626 It was inconceivable to build any kind of fuel-burning power station on Earth. Instead it was done cleanly and efficiently offplanet.
2006 N. Asher Polity Agent ix. 212 In two weeks the AI had managed to move off-planet only two per cent of MA's billion population.