Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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First date Word Definition
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
1963 light sail n. (1963) = solar sail n.
1963 multiversal adj. (1963) of or pertaining to a multiverse n. 1
1963 multiverse n. 1 (1963) a space or realm of being consisting of a number of universes, of which our own universe is only one; cf. parallel universe n.
1963 mundane n. 2 (1963) a person who is not a science-fiction fan; an outsider
1963 space-fictional n. (1963) resembling or characteristic of space fiction n.
1963 spider sense n. (1963) in the fictional world of the comic book hero Spider-Man: the precognitive ability to anticipate (and react to) dangerous situations beyond the normal range of human senses; (hence, in figurative or allusive use) a premonition; intuition; insight
1963 spidey sense n. (1963) = spider sense n.
1963 TARDIS n. 1 (1963) in the British television series Doctor Who: a time machine having the outward form of a police telephone box; (hence) any means of travelling through time
1963 wetware n. (1963) biological structures or systems regarded as analogous to computer equipment; (specif.) the human brain; the mind, esp. when able to be affected or altered by computer processes
1962 Clarke’s Law n. (1962) any of three maxims formulated by Arthur C. Clarke (sometimes specified as Clarke’s First Law, Clarke’s Second Law, Clarke’s Third Law): (a) ‘When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong’ (b) ‘The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.’ (c) ‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’
1962 croggled adj. (1962) astonished, baffled, bewildered
1962 datapad n. (1962) a thin handheld electronic device for viewing and manipulating information; a tablet computer
1962 dystopianism n. (1962) dystopian quality or characteristics
1962 laser cannon n. (1962) a large weapon, similar in size to a cannon, that fires a laser
1962 loc v. (1962) to write a loc (to)
1962 postholocaust adj. (1962) = post-apocalyptic adj.
1962 proto-science fiction n. (1962) literary works, written before the establishment of science fiction as a recognized genre, that prefigure the themes of science fiction, especially ones involving fantastic voyages or technological innovations
1962 sapience n. (1962) (of non-humans) intelligence
1962 tesser v. (1962) in Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time: to travel through space by means of a tesseract n.
1962 tesseract n. (1962) in Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time: a means of travelling through space by manipulating the dimensions of spacetime
1962 xeno- prefix (1962) (used to form words indicating that the base element is or relates to an alien)
1961 COA n. (1961) notification of a change of address
1961 epic fantasy n. (1961) = high fantasy n.
1961 fan film n. (1961) a movie made by a fan; audiovisual fan fiction n.
1961 grok v. (1961) to perceive or understand fully; to feel empathy with; to enjoy, appreciate
1961 heroic fantasy n. (1961) = sword and sorcery n.
1961 in-system adv. (1961) in or into a solar system; toward the center of a solar system; cf. out-system adv.
1961 jumpspace n. (1961) hyperspace n.; the (notional) space in which ships travel during a jump
1961 light n. 2 (1961) a light year
1961 loc n. (1961) a letter written to a magazine, esp. a fanzine