Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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Word Definition
lox n. (1965) plural of loc
Luna n. (1931) the Moon
Luna City n. (1934) the main city on the Moon
Lunarian n. (1708) a native or inhabitant of the Moon
Lunarian adj. (1813) of or characteristic of the Moon
Lunarite n. (1888) a native or inhabitant of the Moon; = Lunarian n.; Lunite n.
lunarscape n. (1908) a landscape on the moon
Lunite n. (1928) a native or inhabitant of the Moon; = Lunarian n.; Lunarite n.
mad scientist n. (1883) a scientist who is insane or eccentric, esp. so as to be dangerous or evil: a stock figure of melodramatic horror stories
mag- prefix (1943) magnetic
mainstream adj. (1953) belonging to or characteristic of the dominant or traditional literary modes, especially representational fiction
manga n. (1951) a Japanese genre of cartoons and comic books, typically drawn in a meticulously detailed style, usually featuring characters with distinctive large, staring eyes, sometimes including violent or sexually explicit material
Marsian n. 1 (1853) a native or inhabitant of the planet Mars; = Martian n. 1
Marsian n. 2 (1882) the language of Marsians; = Martian n. 2
Marsian adj. (1882) of or relating to the the planet Mars or its inhabitants; = Martian adj.
Martian n. 1 (1868) a native or inhabitant of the planet Mars; cf. earlier Marsian n. 1
Martian n. 2 (1900) the language of Martians
Martian adj. (1873) of or relating to the the planet Mars or its inhabitants
Mary Sue n. (1976) a writer who inserts an idealized version of themselves in their own fan fiction n.; such a story or character
materialize v. (1927) to appear in a (reconstituted) physical form after travelling through space or time by means of a matter transmitter or similar device
matrix n. (1976) with the: = cyberspace n.
matter transmission n. (1931) the transportation of material objects by a process analogous to radio transmission; cf. matter transmitter n.
matter transmitter n. (1931) a device for conveying matter over a distance by transforming it into energy or information, beaming this to another location, and reconstituting the original matter at the destination; cf. matter transmission n.
matter-transmitting adj. (1925) designating or relating to a matter transmitter n.
matter transporter n. (1957) = matter transmitter n.; = transporter n.
meat puppet n. (1984) the human body; a physical human being, esp. in contrast to virtual reality or artificial intelligence
meatspace n. (1993) the physical world, in contrast to cyberspace or a virtual environment; cf. slightly earlier meat world n.
meat world n. (1992) = meatspace n.
mech n. (1938) = robot n.; (also) = mecha n.
mecha n. (1986) chiefly in anime or manga: a large combat robot having humanoid form, typically controlled by an occupant
megayear n. (1935) a million years
Mercurian n. (1698) a native or inhabitant of Mercury
Mercurian adj. (1897) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the planet Mercury or its inhabitants