Full record for topside adj.

Definition in orbit
OED requirements any evidence 1960
Earliest cite Wilson Tucker, 'To the Tombaugh Station'
Comment Suggested by Randy Hoffman-- it is thought that it could probably be a noun or an adverb, too.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from 1960 for the adverb sense, from Wilson Tucker's "To the Tombaugh Station"
MIchael Dolbear submitted a 1998 cite from Lois McMaster Bujold's "Komarr"
Last modified 30 July, 2019

Citations for topside adj.

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1960 W. Tucker To Tombaugh Station in Mag. Fantasy & Sci. Fiction July 106/1 “My engines haven't fired yet. We're in orbit.” “Oh, of course. Where in orbit?” “Approaching perigee. We'll pass and climb in a little while. You might as well stay there.” “I've never fainted before,” she said to herself. “You've never jumped topside in a bucket before. This isn't the deluxe tour, Bristol, and this ain't no stinking ferryboat. I can't waste time nor money on the featherbed treatment.”
1960 W. Tucker To Tombaugh Station in Mag. Fantasy & Sci. Fiction July 97/1 The guys at the field will have to see them or you don't go topside.
1974 S. Delany Dhalgren i. 45 There was this damn dog, who'd been sleeping under the porch all the time I'd been snoozing topside. He was awake now. And he started barking. Then he chased my ass down to the road.
1991 J. Varley Steel Beach (1993) 16 The Nipple offices were topside because, when the rag was founded, topside meant cheap.
1992 L. A. Graf Ice Trap i. 10 He filled the bill until they could get her topside.
1997 J. Vornholt Mind Meld i. 8 But you go topside if you want to, Bones.