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"Every scientist worth his salt that I know of has read science fiction."
- Greg Bear

Off-World  
  Not of Earth.  

This is the first use of this great phrase.

The emperor was silent, looking at her from under his brows. After a slightly uncomfortable pause, the girl turned away.

‘I'm leaving,’ she said briefly.

‘Where?’

‘Off-world.’

Technovelgy from Judgement Night, by C.L. Moore.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1943
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This phrase is also used in Raid on Valkyr (1950) by Alfred Koppel:


(Like great silver fish leaping up into the bowl of night, the ships of the Valkyr fleet rose from Kalgan...)

“Where do you go now, Valkyr?”
“Off-world.”
“Of course,” Landor smiled thinly, his eyebrows arching over pale, shrewd eyes. “Off-world.”

Kieran felt a stab of suspicion. How much did Landor know? Had his spies pierced Freka the Unknown’s counter-espionage cordon and brought word of the star-kings gathering on Kalgan?

Ridley Scott also uses this phrase in Blade Runner, although I don't think Philip K. Dick uses it in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep:

"A new life awaits you in the Off-world colonies. The chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure..."

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