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fannish adj. 1987 G. Wolfe From House on Borderland in Horrorstruck Nov.—Dec. 20/2 From club meetings came meetings between clubs, at which members of the Outsiders might s.m.o.f. (this fan verb is derived from S ecret M asters o f F andom and indicates the forging of fannish political deals) with Insiders, and at which everyone discussed favorite stories and story concepts far into the night.
holocamera n. 2001 G. Wolfe Viewpoint in Starwater Strains (2005) 24 Are you going to ask where the holocameras are, sir?
motherworld n. 1966 G. Wolfe Mountains Like Mice in World of If May 93/2 There are so many things for an undergraduate to learn about our own world—Mars—that we try to discourage you from getting started on the endless succession of inquiries about the Motherworld.
mundane n. 2 1992 G. Wolfe Aussiecon Two Guest of Honor Speech in Castle of Days (1995) 429 Some have announced with even greater pride that they never read fantastic literature, or that they haven’t read a word of it for the past five or ten years—that they are in fact closet mundanes.
science fantasy n. 3 1980 G. Wolfe What Do They Mean, SF? in Writer Aug. 13/1 A science fantasy story uses the means of science to achieve the spirit of fantasy. Like fantasy, science fantasy rests upon, and often abounds with, ‘impossible’ creatures and objects—girls asleep for centuries, one-eyed giants, weapons that can speak and may rebel. But it uses the methodology of science fiction to show that these things are not only possible but probable.
shared world n. 1988 G. Wolfe Storeys from Old Hotel Introd. p. 8 The idea was to make up a fictional city-state (Liavek) with its surrounding geography, technology, religions, laws of magic, and so on and so forth, and to persuade a variety of authors to submit stories laid there; compilations of this rather freakish kind are called shared-world anthologies.
smof v. 1987 G. Wolfe From House on Borderland in Horrorstruck Nov.—Dec. 20/2 From club meetings came meetings between clubs, at which members of the Outsiders might s.m.o.f. (this fan verb is derived from Secret Masters of Fandom and indicates the forging of fannish political deals) with Insiders, and at which everyone discussed favorite stories and story concepts far into the night.
spaceboot n. 2007 G. Wolfe Memorare in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Apr. 12 Spaceboots over the feet of the suit were not strictly necessary, but were (as March reminded himself) a damned good idea.
uptime adv. 2007 G. Wolfe Green Glass in Asimov’s Science Fiction Apr.–May 173 I’m not allowed to bring you into your future, you understand—uptime into my own period. It’s against regulations.