Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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Word Definition
empathic adj. (1959) having the ability of an empath n.
empathist n. (1952) = empath n.
empathy n. (1956) the paranormal perception of othersโ€™ emotions; cf. empath n.
energy n. (1898) energy portrayed as something which can be produced in a particular form, such as a projectile, beam, or wave, and transferred (typically with destructive effect) to a body upon contact
energy gun n. (1917) a weapon firing a beam of energy n.; = ray gun n.
energy rifle n. (1934) an energy gun in the form of a long shoulder weapon
energy screen n. (1932) a barrier made of or against energy; a force field n.
energy vampire n. (1967) a being that feeds on energy (in various senses)
energy weapon n. (1941) a weapon that fires a beam of energy; cf. earlier energy gun n.
epic fantasy n. (1961) = high fantasy n.
escape pod n. (1976) a small, minimally equipped spacecraft for emergency use; = lifeboat n.
escape ship n. (1932) = lifeboat n.; lifeship n.
esp v. (1949) to use extrasensory powers (on); as: to communicate with (a person) telepathically; to send (a message) telepathically; to analyze (a person, place, etc.) using extrasensory powers
esper n. (1942) a person or being with extrasensory powers
ET n. (1939) = alien n.
ether ship n. (1883) a spaceship
Europan n. 1 (1930) a native or inhabitant of the Jovian moon Europa
Europan n. 2 (1930) the language of Europans
Europan adj. (1931) of or relating to the Jovian moon Europa or its inhabitants
everywhen n. (1942) (in time-travel contexts) all points in time
everywhen adv. (1943) (in time-travel contexts) in or to all points in time
extraterrestrial n. (1939) an (intelligent) being that is not from Earth
extraterrestrial adj. (1854) existing or originating outside the earth or its atmosphere
eyetracks n. (1952) imaginary marks left on a book by the act of reading it
faan n. (1953) a science fiction fan, esp. one regarded as non-serious, or devoted more to fandom than to science fiction itself; cf. sercon adj.
faanish adj. (1959) of or relating to fandom, esp. on a superficial level; typical of a faan n.
face plate n. (1930) the transparent window of a spacesuitโ€™s helmet
fan v. (1941) to participate in fandom; cf. slightly earlier fanning n.
fanac n. (1952) participation in fandom, such as publishing fanzines, attending conferences, or writing letters to fanzines
fanarchist n. (1942) a fan who shuns organized fandom; a fan who advocates for individual or small-group activities
fanarchistic adj. (1944) preferring to avoid organized forms of fandom
fanboy n. (1919) a male fan (in later use chiefly of comics, film, music, or science fiction), esp. an obsessive one