Full record for space pirate n.

OED requirements antedating 1932
Earliest cite Edwin K. Sloat, 'The Space Rover'
Comment Jeff Prucher submitted a 1990 cite from a letter by Lee Smith in Quantum.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1959 cite from Alfred Bester in "The Science Fiction Novel".
Fred Galvin submitted three 1947 cites from letters in Startling Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1942 cite from Wilbur S. Peacock's "The Thing of Venus".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from Kendell Foster Crossen's "The Caphian Caper".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1952 reprint of Jack Williamson's "Hindsight", which Mike Christie verified in its 1940 first publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1975 reprint of Jack Williamson's "Dead Star Station" which Mike Christie verified in its 1933 first publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Richard S. Shaver's "Earth Slaves to Space".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1932 cite for "space-pirate" from John W. Campbell Jr.'s "Invaders From the Infinite"
Fred Galvin submitted a 1932 cite from Edwin K. Sloat's "The Space Rover" (the publication date of February is two months earlier than that of the Campbell story)
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Citations for space pirate n.

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1932 J. W. Campbell Invaders from Infinite in Amazing Stories Q. Spring 149/1 They don't like dueling with these space-pirates using the molecular rays, and since molecular rays have such a tremendous commercial value, we can't prohibit the sale of ray apparatus.
1933 Astounding Stories Nov. 61/2 Vance knew the leader of the three at once by one feature of his face, described in many warnings and offers of reward. He had no nose. Only a blue ray-scar where it should have been, with two black slits for nostrils. Skal Doon! The space pirate! The ‘terror of the nebula’!
1940 J. Williamson Hindsight in Astounding Stories May 100/1 I know that the Astrarchy had its beginnings from the space pirates who established their bases in the asteroids, and gradually turned to commerce instead of raiding.
1942 W. S. Peacock Planet Stories in Planet Stories Spring 66/1 A scarred space-pirate drooled over a handful of Martian moon-diamonds, the disruptor gun handy to his gnarled fist.
1946 G. O. Smith Impossible Pirates in Astounding Sci. Fiction Dec. 60/2 Black Morgan was a space pirate and the place to look for him was in space. That space piracy was impossible for divers reasons seemed to make little difference to Black Morgan. He did it.
1946 R. S. Shaver Earth Slaves to Space in Amazing Stories Sept. 22/1 I have been working, during the past war on the development of the atomic bomb. Naturally I don't want the secret of the atomic bomb falling into any space-pirate's hands–even if I never knew there was a space pirate before today.
1947 Startling Stories May 104/1 Venus Mines, Incorporated, by Zagat and Co. Pretty good, but Chad Oliver might think it was just a space-pirate story in disguise.
1947 Startling Stories Jan. 98/1 Marchioni was his usual weird self. Banish the man to Bikini! Make him readspace-pirate stories forever! No, wait. I retract that last. It is toohorrible.
1952 C. Oliver First to Stars in W. F. Nolan Edge of Forever (1971) 236 What's up, Stan? More of those pesky space pirates?
1952 K. F. Crossen Caphian Caper in Thrilling Wonder Stories Dec. 15/1 You have the morals of a space pirate.
1953 A. Norton Star Rangers Prologue 7 Space pirates raised flags and recruited fleets to gorge on spoil plundered from this wreckage.
1959 A. Bester Sci. Fiction and Renaissance Man in Sci. Fiction Novel 104 The ideas of fourth dimension, time travel, outer space, microcosm and macrocosm, were fascinating, and I read and loved science fiction until its dissolution into pulp fiction in the thirties disgusted me. It was not until John Campbell rescued it from the abyss of space pirates, mad scientists, their lovely daughters wearing just enough clothes to satisfy the postal authorities, that I was able to go back to it.
1985 G. R.R. Martin Portraits of his Children in S. Williams Hugo & Nebula Award Winners From Asimov's Sci. Fiction (1995) 233 When she was a little girl, I used to write stories just for her. Funny animals, space pirates, silly poems.