Re: Some science fiction "firsts"
's 1945 novelette
" established the term "first contact" in science fiction, although the theme had previously appeared in e.g. H. G. Wells
' The Time Machine
(1895), The War of the Worlds
(1898) and The First Men in the Moon
Edit: Just to show how long ago conceptually this was:
The Marquis de Sade don't wear no boots like these.