Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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Word Definition
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 spacesuit’s helmet
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
fandom n. (1936) science-fiction fans collectively; the state or attitude of being a science-fiction fan
fanfic n. (1968) = fan fiction n.
fan fiction n. (1938) fiction, usually fantasy or science fiction, written by a fan rather than a professional author, esp. that based on already-existing characters from a television series, book, film, etc.; (also) a piece of such writing
fan film n. (1961) a movie made by a fan; audiovisual fan fiction n.
fangirl n. (1934) a female fan (chiefly of comics, film, music, or science fiction), esp. an obsessive one
fankind n. (1940) fans, considered collectively
fanmag n. (1928) a magazine for fans; (specif.) = fanzine n.
fanne n. (1942) a female fan
fanning n. (1941) the practice or activity of being a fan; participation in fandom
fannish adj. (1901) of or relating to a dedicated or obsessive fan
fannishness n. (1943) the quality of being fannish
fanspeak n. (1951) distinctive language used by science-fiction fans
fantascience n. (1934) = science fantasy n. 3; science fiction n.
fantasist n. (1923) a writer of fantasy n. 1
fantastic n. 1 (1923) of a creative work: that which has the qualities of fantasy n. 1
fantastic n. 2 (1937) a work of fantasy n. 1
fantastic adj. (1930) having the quality of fantasy n. 1
fantastical n. (1995) of a creative work: that which has the qualities of fantasy n. 1
fantasy n. 1 (1932) a genre of fiction which contains elements of magic or the supernatural, frequently set in a world other than our own
fantasy n. 2 (1933) a work (story, film, etc.) in the fantasy genre
fanzine n. (1940) a magazine for fans, esp. those of science fiction
farside n. (1958) the side of the Moon that faces away from Earth; cf. earlier darkside n. 1, nightside n.
faster-than-light adj. (1940) that is traveling or can travel faster than light
faster than light adv. (1928) at a speed faster than that of light
feelie n. (1929) a motion picture augmented by tactile effects which are felt by the viewer; chiefly in plural (frequently with the): the screening of such pictures; such pictures as a type of entertainment
fembot n. (1976) a robot resembling a woman in appearance; (also) a woman characterized as having robotic behavior or demeanor
femmefan n. (1940) a female fan