Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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Word Definition
Jedi n. (1973) in the fictional universe of the Star Wars franchise: a member of an order of heroic, skilled warrior monks who are able to harness the mystical power of the Force. Also in extended and allusive use; esp. someone (humorously) credited with great skill or preternatural powers. Also more fully Jedi knight, Jedi master
Jedi mind trick n. (1981) in the fictional universe of the Star Wars franchise: a telepathic technique of psychological manipulation used by the Jedi
jet car n. (1946) a form of aircar powered by jets
jet pack n. (1952) a device, worn over the shoulders like a backpack, which enables the wearer to travel through the air or in space by means of jet propulsion
Jonbar adj. (1977) in time-travel or alternate-history contexts: denoting a point at which a (trivial) action can result in a significantly different timeline (chiefly in form Jonbar hinge, Jonbar point)
Jovian n. 1 (1869) a native or inhabitant of the planet Jupiter
Jovian n. 2 (1938) the language of Jovians
Jovian adj. (1799) of or relating to the planet Jupiter
jump n. (1932) a journey through hyperspace n.; any (nearly) instantaneous travel over a large distance; cf. jump v.
jump v. (1952) to journey through hyperspace n.; to engage in any (nearly) instantaneous travel over a long distance; cf. jump n.
jump drive n. (1959) a spacecraft drive that enables a ship to journey through hyperspace or to engage in any instantaneous (long-distance) travel; cf. jump n., jump v.
jump engine n. (1981) = jump drive n.
jump gate n. (1993) a device that opens up a portal into hyperspace n., or otherwise enables (nearly) instantaneous travel; the gateway thus opened up; cf. gate n.
jump pilot n. (1988) one who pilots a spaceship through a jump n.
jump point n. (1964) a location where interstellar jumps are possible
jumpship n. (1957) a spaceship that makes interstellar jumps
jumpspace n. (1961) hyperspace n.; the (notional) space in which ships travel during a jump
Jupiterian n. (1855) a native or inhabitant of the planet Jupiter
Jupiterian adj. (1907) of or pertaining to the planet Jupiter or its inhabitants
kiloday n. (1945) a period of one thousand days
kilohour n. (1989) a period of one thousand hours
kiloyear n. (1945) a period of one thousand years
kipple n. (1960) useless or unwanted (household) objects; junk; rubbish
Klingon n. (1967) in the fictional universe of the Star Trek franchise: a member of a humanoid alien race, characterized by authoritarian brutality and a strict code of honor; (also) the language of this race, now widely studied as an artificial language