Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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First date Word Definition
2018 Africanfuturism n. (2018) Nnedi Okorafor’s term for: a subgenre of science fiction that heavily features elements of African history or culture; cf. Afrofuturism
2009 cli-fi n. (2009) a subgenre of science fiction concerned with the effects of climate change
2008 grimdark n. (2008) a subgenre of (esp. fantasy) fiction characterized by a nihilistic, violent, and dystopian atmosphere or setting
2006 murderbot n. (2006) a robot or cyborg designed chiefly to inflict violence
2006 uplifter n. (2006) a genetic engineer who carries out uplift n.
2005 flash crowd n. (2005) a sudden increase in the number of visitors viewing a (small or niche) website, esp. after the site has been mentioned in a more prominent venue
2004 mundane adj. 2 (2004) denoting a subgenre of science fiction characterized by a rejection of themes considered scientifically implausible (as faster-than-light travel, alternate universes, etc.)
2003 Spider-Man principle n. (2003) the adage ‘with great power comes great responsibility’
2002 New Weird n. (2002) a genre that incorporates elements of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, typically in a complex urban setting
2000 Afrofuturistic adj. (2000) = Afrofuturist adj.
1999 bullet time n. (1999) a video effect in which the camera appears to move around a stationary or very slow-moving subject
1998 blue pill n. (1998) a drug that allows one to remain ignorant of reality; cf. red pill n.
1998 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
1998 inertial dampener n. (1998) = inertial damper n.
1998 red pill n. (1998) a drug that reveals esp. unpleasant truths of the real world; cf. blue pill n.
1998 ship v. (1998) transitive to discuss, portray, or advocate a romantic pairing of (two characters who appear in a work of (serial) fiction), esp. when such a pairing is not depicted in the original work; also intransitive
1997 morph v. 2 (1997) transitive to change the shape or form of part of (something); to create (something) by such a transformation
1997 multisystem adj. (1997) of or involving more than one star system
1997 sharecrop-writer n. (1997) someone who writes sharecrops
1997 slipstreamer n. (1997) a writer of slipstream fiction
1996 ship n. 2 (1996) a romantic pairing of two characters who appear in a work of (serial) fiction, esp. one which is discussed, portrayed, or advocated by fans rather than depicted in the original work; (also) fans who support a particular pairing, considered collectively
1996 shipper n. (1996) a person who discusses, portrays, or advocates a romantic pairing of two characters who appear in a work of (serial) fiction, esp. when such a pairing is not depicted in the original work
1995 fantastical n. (1995) of a creative work: that which has the qualities of fantasy n. 1
1995 infodumping n. (1995) the practice of using infodump n. in literature
1995 slipstreamy adj. (1995) having the characteristics or qualities of slipstream n.
1994 Afrofuturist adj. (1994) of, relating to, or characterized by Afrofuturism n.
1994 cyborgization n. (1994) the conversion of a biological organism into a cyborg n.
1994 morphed adj. (1994) transformed by means of morphing
1994 sharecrop v. (1994) to write a sharecrop n.
1994 X-Phile n. (1994) a fan of the TV show The X-Files
1993 Afrofuturism n. (1993) a movement in literature, music, art, etc., featuring futuristic or science fiction themes which incorporate elements of Black history and culture
1993 areologic adj. (1993) = areological adj.
1993 edisonade n. (1993) a story featuring a young male inventor who uses his inventions and ingenuity to defeat his foes or to explore new territory
1993 genre n. (1993) the literary fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror collectively; imaginative fiction
1993 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.
1993 meatspace n. (1993) the physical world, in contrast to cyberspace or a virtual environment; cf. slightly earlier meat world n.
1993 ob- prefix (1993) denoting 'obligatory or expected reference to' a topic
1993 steampunkish adj. (1993) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of steampunk n. 2
1993 vacsuited adj. (1993) = vacuum-suited adj.