Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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First date Word Definition
1966 phaser n. (1966) in the fictional universe of the Star Trek franchise: a (usu. hand-held) weapon incorporating an energy beam whose phase can be altered to create different effects (such as stunning, disintegration, etc.) on the target
1966 Romulan n. (1966) in the fictional universe of the Star Trek franchise: a member of a humanoid alien race
1966 skyhook n. 4 (1966) = orbital tower n.
1966 sophont n. (1966) an intelligent being
1966 sublight adv. (1966) at a speed below light-speed
1966 tricorder n. (1966) in the fictional universe of the Star Trek franchise: a medium-sized hand-held device used for data sensing, analysis, and recording
1966 Vulcan n. (1966) in the fictional universe of the Star Trek franchise: a member of a humanoid alien race, characterized by strictly logical and rational thinking and the suppression of normal human emotions; (hence) a person regarded as having similar characteristics
1965 autodoc n. (1965) a system providing automated medical care
1965 Belter n. (1965) a native or resident of an asteroid belt n.
1965 filksinging n. (1965) the singing of filk songs
1965 galactographer n. (1965) one who maps the physical structure of galaxies; an expert in galactography n.
1965 lasgun n. (1965) = laser gun n.
1965 lox n. (1965) plural of loc
1965 ramscoop n. (1965) a space propulsion method that uses electromagnetic fields at the front of a spaceship to gather interstellar material for fuel for a fusion-powered space drive
1965 sentient n. (1965) an intelligent being
1965 shaggy god story n. (1965) a story in which a religious (esp. biblical) myth is explained as having a science fictional origin
1965 transhumanity n. (1965) the quality or condition of being transhuman; also, transhumans collectively
1964 armorplast n. (1964) a strong protective material likened to plastic (as being light, flexible, or transparent)
1964 Ballardian adj. (1964) of, relating to, or characteristic of the writing of J. G. Ballard, esp. in featuring desolate, dystopian settings and a pessimistic view of the effects of modern technological society
1964 class M planet n. (1964) an Earth-type planet
1964 conapt n. (1964) an apartment in a condominium
1964 core n. (1964) the center of a galaxy
1964 graser n. (1964) a device that produces a beam of gamma radiation, usually as an energy weapon n.
1964 hoverboard n. (1964) a board, resembling a skateboard without wheels, which hovers above the ground using antigravity technology and may be ridden like a skateboard; cf. earlier hovercar n.
1964 jump point n. (1964) a location where interstellar jumps are possible
1964 sailship n. (1964) a spacecraft using a solar sail as its chief method of propulsion
1963 companion n. (1963) in the British television series Doctor Who: any of the usually human characters who (regularly) travel with the Doctor
1963 dalek n. (1963) in the British television series Doctor Who: a member of a race of aggressive alien mutants in mobile armoured casings
1963 laser gun n. (1963) a weapon that fires a laser
1963 laser pistol n. (1963) a hand weapon of similar size to a pistol that fires a laser
1963 laser rifle n. (1963) a long shoulder weapon that fires a laser