Brian Ash

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alternative history n. 1976 B. Ash Who’s Who in Science Fiction 12 Alternative histories, tales of Earth with usually one historical detail changed in the past, and chronicling the resulting effects today.
fannish adj. 1977 B. Ash Visual Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1978) 275/3 Fanzines fall into various classes. Fannish fanzines deal with fandom itself, often scurrilously (since the passing of the gentlemanly approach of First Fandom).
generation ship n. 1976 B. Ash Who's Who in Science Fiction (rev. ed) (1977) 14 For those who stay this side of the light barrier there remains the ‘travelling ark’ (or ‘generation ship’)—a vehicle designed for centuries of flight (often in order to escape from a doomed Earth), in which several generations live and die before eventual landfall.
pantropy n. 1976 B. Ash Who's Who in Science Fiction 15 Pantropy, a form of biological engineering which entails breeding or shaping people to allow them to survive on very alien worlds.
sentient adj. 1977 B. Ash Visual Encyclopedia of Science Fiction 334/3 But four years elapsed before Hamilton’s account of ‘The Space Visitors’ appeared in Air Wonder Stories (March 1930), with an editorial reference to ‘The Book of the Damned’ and the evidence it offered that ‘over the past 150 years there has been strange extra-terrestrial activity, presumably from sentient beings’.
trekker n. 1977 B. Ash Visual Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1978) 273/1 The largest and most recent body of fringe fandom rejoices in a membership of ‘Trekkies’ or ‘Trekkers’—adherents of the Star Trek television series.