Full record for rimworld n.

Definition a planet orbiting a star at the edge, or rim, of the galaxy
OED requirements antedating 1957
Earliest cite Robert A. Heinlein, "Citizen of the Galaxy"
Comment Treesong submitted a 1959 cite from Bertram Chandler.
Douglas Winston submitted a 1977 cite from Colin Kapp's "The Chaos Weapon".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1965 cite for the form "Rim world" from John Brunner's "The Altar on Asconel".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1984 reprint of Jane Yolen's 1982 "Dragon's Blood".
Dan Tilque suggested "Rimworld Legacy" by F.A Javor, and Douglas Winston submitted cites from the 1967 first printing.
Irene Grumman submitted a 1962 cite from Michael Moorcock's "The Sundered Worlds".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite for "Rim world" from a reprint of Robert A. Heinlein's "Citizen of the Galaxy": Mike Christie verified this in its original publication in Astounding Science Fiction, November 1957.
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Citations for rimworld n.

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1957 R. A. Heinlein Citizen of Galaxy in Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 125/2 Hydra was cruising above speed-of-light toward the Rim world Ultima Thule, where she would refuel and start prowling for outlaws.
1959 Astounding Sci. Fiction Jan. 9/1 So this, he thought, is Lorn, industrial hub of the Rim Worlds. This is as far as I go. This is where I get off. There's no farther to go.
1959 Astounding Sci. Fiction Jan. 9/2 How much of this is sheer masochism, this flight from the warm, happy worlds of the Center to these Rim planets?
1959 Astounding Sci. Fiction Jan. 12/1 They don't like Deep Space, these Rim Worlders. They're scared of it. I suppose that it's because for all their lives they've been hanging over the edge of the ultimate pit by their eyebrows.
1962 M. Moorcock Sundered Worlds Nov.–Dec. 7 Two years previously Renark had suddenly resigned from his position as Warden of the Rim Worlds.
1965 J. Brunner Altar on Asconel iii. 20 The Empire never embraced the whole of the galaxy, though people generally assume it did. It could be a Rim world, some distance from the hub.
1967 F. A. Javor Rim-world Legacy xxii. 96 Rook was like so many of our rim-world people, given to much thinking, much brooding, much pondering upon the fact of his existence.
1977 C. Kapp Chaos Weapon iii. 30 That argument sounds convincing to us, but I doubt if it would cut much ice on a Rim world before the alien threat became a reality.
1982 J. Yolen Dragon's Blood xii Betting syndicates developed, and starship crews on long rim-world voyages began to frequent the planets for illicit gambling.