Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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First date Word Definition
1868 light-year n. (1868) the distance light travels in one year
1868 Lunarian adj. (1868) from or characteristic of Earth’s Moon
1868 Martian n. 1 (1868) a native or inhabitant of the planet Mars
1869 Jovian n. 1 (1869) a native or inhabitant of the planet Jupiter
1870 meteor storm n. (1870) a particularly intense meteor shower, esp. occurring when the earth intercepts a meteor stream soon after the originating comet has passed; an intense encounter with a stream of meteors in space
1870 Neptunian n. (1870) a native or inhabitant of Neptune
1871 aircar n. (1871) = aerocar n.
1871 earth people n. (1871) natives or inhabitants of Earth; cf. earth person n.
1871 Terra n. (1871) the planet Earth
1872 spacewards adv. (1872) towards space; away from the local planet
1873 Martian adj. (1873) of or relating to the the planet Mars or its inhabitants
1873 scientific romance n. (1873) proto-science fiction written in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (especially in Britain), exemplified by H.G. Wells; in later use, science fiction that is similar in style or approach; also, a work of this kind
1874 Venusian adj. (1874) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the planet Venus or its inhabitants
1874 Venusian n. (1874) a native or inhabitant of the planet Venus; also, the language spoken by such a being
1876 earthly adj. (1876) belonging to or characteristic of Earth
1876 scientific fiction n. (1876) = science fiction n.
1877 areology n. (1877) the study of the geology of the planet Mars
1878 anti-gravitation n. (1878) a hypothetical force opposed to gravity
1878 teleport n. 1 (1878) a device for conveying people or things instantaneously from one place to another, esp. a machine which breaks matter down into its constituent particles or converts it into energy, information, etc., and transmits it in this form to another location where it is reconstituted; teleporter n. 2
1880 areographer n. (1880) one who maps or studies the planet Mars
1880 earth folk n. (1880) = earth people n.
1880 spaceship n. (1880) a spacecraft; esp. a manned one under the control of its crew
1880 Tellurian adj. (1880) of, relating to, or living on the planet Earth
1883 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
1883 Vernean adj. (1883) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the science fiction of Jules Verne
1884 shapeshifting n. (1884) the practice or act of changing shape to adopt the form or another animal or human
1886 solar system n. (1886) a system of one or more stars, possibly with accompanying planets
1888 intergalactic adj. (1888) situated between galaxies; of, pertaining to, or occupying the regions between galaxies
1888 Lunarite n. (1888) a native or inhabitant of Earth’s Moon; = Lunarian n.; Lunite n.
1888 skyhook n. 1 (1888) an imaginary device for attaching something to the sky
1889 speculative fiction n. 1 (1889) = science fiction n.; (sometimes spec.) hard science fiction n.