Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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Word Definition
free fall n. (1931) a condition of weightlessness
fresher n. (1940) a bathroom or shower
ftl adj. (1950) faster than light speed
ftl adv. (1950) at a speed faster than that of light
fugghead n. (1949) a stupid, obnoxious, or incompetent person
fuggheaded adj. (1949) stupid; obnoxious; incompetent
fuggheadedness n. (1949) the quality of being stupid, obnoxious, or incompetent
future history n. (1937) a fictional, self-contained, consistent, chronological framework (esp. realized across a body of work); (also) the subgenre of science fiction that uses such a framework
future war n. (1931) a subgenre of science fiction dealing with warfare and how it will be practiced in the future
gadget story n. (1942) a story in which the primary focus is on inventions or the process of inventing
gafiate v. (1959) to cease involvement with science fiction fandom
gafiation n. (1959) the state of having gafiated
galactic n. 1 (1942) an inhabitant of the galaxy; a member of a galaxy-wide civilization
Galactic n. 2 (1954) a language commonly spoken throughout the galaxy; cf. Standard n.
galactographer n. (1965) one who maps the physical structure of galaxies; an expert in galactography n.
galactographic adj. (1950) relating to galactography n.
galactography n. (1950) the science of mapping celestial objects within galaxies
galaxy-wide adj. (1940) extending throughout a galaxy
galaxy-wide adv. (1949) throughout a galaxy
gamer n. (1973) a participant in a war-game or role-playing game; a player or creator of such games
Ganymedian n. (1931) a native or inhabitant of Ganymede, the largest satellite of Jupiter
Ganymedian adj. (1931) of, relating to, or from Ganymede, the largest satellite of Jupiter
gas giant n. (1952) a large planet composed mostly of gaseous material thought to surround a solid core; spec. each of the four largest planets in the solar system (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune)
gate n. (1931) a matter transmission device, esp. a portal or device through which a being, spaceship, etc. may be (instantaneously) transported to another point in space or time, or into another dimension
gateway n. (1933) a portal allowing travel or communication between dimensions, alternate universes, etc.; gate n.
geas n. (1921) in fantasy writings: a spell; a magical compulsion
gee n. 1 (1949) a measure of gravitation or acceleration
gee n. 2 (1951) spec. a unit of acceleration equal to that due to gravity at Earth’s surface; a force arising from such acceleration; cf. earlier gravity n.
generation ship n. (1955) an interstellar spacecraft in which multiple generations of passengers are born, live, and die before arrival at its destination
generation starship n. (1979) = generation ship n.
genetically engineered adj. (1969) produced by genetic engineering n.
genetic engineer n. (1954) a scientist who works in the field of genetic engineering n.
genetic engineering n. (1951) the alteration of the genome of an organism by laboratory techniques, esp. by the insertion, alteration, or removal of a gene
gengineer n. (1987) = genetic engineer n.
gengineer v. (1989) to produce, develop, or alter through genetic engineering n.