Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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Word Definition
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
hard science fiction n. (1957) science fiction which does not violate known scientific laws; science fiction based on the hard sciences
heat ray n. (1897) = ray n.
Heinleinian adj. (1956) of, relating to, or characteristic of the writing of Robert Heinlein
helicab n. (1943) a helicopter serving as a taxi
heroic fantasy n. (1961) = sword and sorcery n.
high fantasy n. (1973) a subgenre of fantasy set in an imaginary world with a medieval-style society and level of technology, usually featuring a quest or a conflict between Good and Evil, and often written in an elevated style
hive mind n. (1943) = group mind n.
hobbit-hole n. (1974) a hobbit’s house; any small cozy house
hobbitish adj. (No cites) resembling a hobbit, hobbit-like
hobbitlike adj. (1954) like a hobbit
hobbitry n. (1944) the cult of hobbits; hobbits collectively, or their qualities
holo n. (1970) a hologram; a device that displays holograms; holograms as a form of entertainment
holocam n. (1968) a device that takes holographic images
holocamera n. (1975) = holocam n.
holodeck n. (1987) chiefly in the fictional universe of the Star Trek franchise: a room providing a holographic environment
holoscreen n. (1969) a screen that displays a hologram
holovid n. (1973) a holographic video; a device or system that displays or records holographic videos; cf. holovision n.
holovision n. (1968) = tri-v n.
home galaxy n. (1936) the galaxy that an individual being is from; the galaxy in which a species originated
home planet n. (1896) = homeworld n.
home star n. (1939) the star which the homeworld orbits
home system n. (1930) the solar system in which an individual being is from; the solar system in which a species originated
homeworld n. (1900) the planet on which an individual being was born; the planet on which a species originated
Homo superior n. (1935) the hypothetical successor species to Homo sapiens, having greater intellect or physical abilities and often possessing paranormal powers
horror n. (1898) a genre intended to create a feeling of fear in the reader or viewer, especially one employing supernatural elements or monstrous creatures
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.
hovercar n. (1958) a car that hovers above the ground, typically conceived as using antigravity n. technology