Full record for in-system adj.

OED requirements antedating 1971
Earliest cite Larry Niven, 'A Gift From Earth'
Comment Douglas Winston submitted a cite from an undated reprint of James Alan Gardner's 2000 "Hunted". Ralf Brown located and Douglas Winston submitted a 1977 cite from George Zebrowski's "Ashes and Stars". Jeff Prucher submitted a 1998 cite from Elizabeth Moon's "Rules of Engagement". Douglas Winston submitted a 1995 cite from Elizabeth Moon's "Winning Colors". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1996 reprint of C.J.Cherryh's "Merchanter's Luck"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1982 first edition. Fred Galvin submitted a 1980 cite from David Brin's "Sundiver". David E. Siegel submitted a cite from a 1978 reprint of Larry Niven's "A Gift From Earth"; Malcolm Farmer verified this in a 1971 reprint; we would like to verify this in the 1968 first publication.

Suggested by Ralf Brown, who has 5 cites from 4 authors in his electronic library.
Last modified 30 July, 2019

Citations for in-system adj.

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1961 K. Laumer Stranger in Paradox in Fantastic Aug. 74/2 Yes; and there are absolutely no defenses. This ship is the only armed one between here and Station Seven, a week's run in-system.
1977 G. Zebrowski Ashes & Stars 7 A hundred thousand worlds circle their suns here, many of them earth-like; others are too young for intelligent life to have developed; some cradle pre-space humanoid cultures; still others have in-system space travel; many are dead worlds.
1978 L. Niven Gift From Earth 16 She must reach her destination on the remaining fuel in her insystem tank.
1980 D. Brin Sundiver 96 You may recall we got back in system a couple of years ago.
1980 D. Brin Sundiver 238 Besides, more than half of the crewmen on in-system ships are male, and seven out of ten on military craft.
1982 ‘C. J. Cherryh’ Merchanter's Luck i. 9 In fact, his life had been womanless, except for one very drunk insystem merchanter one night on Mariner when he was living high and secure, which was how Mariner knew his name and laid in wait for him. And another insystemer before that, who he had hoped would partner him for good: she had lost him Esperance when it went bad.
1989 J. Pournelle & S. M. Stirling Children's Hour in L. Niven et al. Man-Kzin Wars II (1991) ii. 176 The flatlander warship was still headed insystem; from the look of things they were going to use the sun for a whip-round.
1989 L. Watt-Evans Nightside City i. 9 Born on Prometheus, came in-system to the nightside at sixteen–probably looking for casino work, but it didn't say–and did a few short pieces here and there.
1992 V. Vinge Fire upon Deep i. viii. 58 The in-system factories must be off-line or hidden behind Groundside.
1995 E. Moon Winning Colors xvi. 284 By the estimate of the senior engineer aboard the Paganini , the other cruiser's insystem drive had lost thirty percent of its power.
1997 D. Weber & S. White In Death Ground (prologue) 7 Argive had been in-system for over six days now without detecting anything but lifeless worlds and what might be a second warp point just over three light-hours from the star.
1998 L. A. Graf & M. J. Friedman War Dragons i. 3, I didn't realize you were in-system.
2000 J. A. Gardner Hunted v. 38 While I waited for the Outbreak Team to arrive from some other starbase, I used the captain's vidscreen to watch outside the ship. I didn't see much–nothing came or went at Starbase Iris, not even in-system shuttles. Once I noticed a merchant vessel passing within range of Willow's hull cameras, but it didn't come very close; it was aiming for the planet Celestia, a light-minute nearer the local sun.
2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star xviii. 585 When MorningLightMountain8658 decelerated insystem, it found an extensive civilization occupying the fourth solid planet.
2005 I. M. Banks Algebraist ii. 132 Starting the day after martial law was declared there had been a sequence of attacks, mostly on isolated and system-edge craft and settlements, though with some worrying assaults further in-system, including one on a Navarchy dock-habitat in Sepekte's own trailing Lagrange that had killed over a thousand.