Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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Word Definition
genre n. (1993) the literary fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror collectively; imaginative fiction
genre fantasy n. (1977) stories, novels, etc. that are explicity written or published in the genre of fantasy, as opposed to ones which contain fantastic or supernatural elements but are written or published as mainstream or in another genre
genre science fiction n. (1971) stories, novels, etc. that are explicity written or published as science fiction, as opposed to ones which contain science fictional elements but are written or published as mainstream or in another genre
Gernsbackian adj. (1952) of, relating to, or characteristic of the writing that appeared in the magazines edited by Hugo Gernsback, esp. in featuring extensive discussions of scientific or technological issues
glassite n. (1930) a strong transparent synthetic material; an artificial substitute for glass
glitch n. (1998) in phrase a glitch in the matrix: in the 1999 film The Matrix: an anomaly in the virtual representation of reality in which much of the film takes place, indicating a change or error in the underlying computer simulation; (hence, broadly) a mistake, an error, a problem
golden age n. (1948) a period in the past regarded as the time when science fiction was at its best
gram v. (1940) = spacegram v.
grandfather paradox n. (1939) a paradox concerning the implications of time travel, expressed by the idea that a hypothetical time traveller could potentially go back into the past and (deliberately or inadvertently) kill his or her grandfather, thus preventing the time travellerโ€™s existence and the possibility of having travelled back into the past in the first place; cf. time paradox n.
graser n. (1964) a device that produces a beam of gamma radiation, usually as an energy weapon n.
grav n. 1 (1939) an anti-gravitational propulsion device; (typically as) gravs: a propulsion system using antigravity
grav n. 2 (1939) an earth-standard acceleration; gee n. 2
gravitic adj. (1935) of, caused by, or powered by gravity
gravitically adv. (1958) by means of gravity; with regard to gravity; cf. gravitic adj.
gravitics n. 1 (1944) the science of studying or controlling gravity
gravitics n. 2 (1982) any of various devices making use of gravity or gravitational waves, as (a) sensors that use gravitational waves to detect objects in space; (b) a system that creates artificial gravity
graviton n. (1929) a subatomic particle thought of as propagating the action of gravitational force
gravitonic adj. (1929) of or relating to gravitons
gravity n. (1930) = gee n. 2
gravity drive n. (1932) a spaceship drive that uses any technology associated with gravity
gravity plate n. (1930) a device that creates or nullifies the effects of gravity
gravity screen n. (1926) a device that creates or prevents the effects of gravity; the effect of such a device
gravity well n. (1954) the area of space near a large mass (such as a planet or star) in which significant energy must be expended in order to counteract the objectโ€™s gravitational pull
grimdark n. (2008) a subgenre of (esp. fantasy) fiction characterized by a nihilistic, violent, and dystopian atmosphere or setting
gripping hand n. (1986) on the gripping hand: used to introduce a third point of view, fact, case, etc., that contrasts with two previous statements
grok v. (1961) to perceive or understand fully; to feel empathy with; to enjoy, appreciate
groundcar n. (1930) a car incapable of flight (in contrast with an aircar n.)
groundhog n. (1940) a person who does not regularly travel in space
groundlubber n. (1939) = groundhog n.
groundside adv. (1951) = planetside adv.
group mind n. (1930) a collective intelligence composed of individual intelligences combined into a larger whole; hive mind n.
gynoid n. (1979) a robot having female or feminine characteristics; = robotrix n.
gyrobus n. (1933) a bus powered by a gyroscopic flywheel; (also) a flying bus
gyrocab n. (1942) a flying taxi
Hamiltonian adj. (1939) of, relating to, or characteristic of the writing of Edmond Hamilton