Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction



Word Definition
topside adv. (1933) in or towards the upper parts of a spacecraft; (also) in or towards orbit
torch n. (1950) = torch drive n.
torch v. (1956) to travel in a spaceship using a torch drive
torch drive n. (1976) a fusion-powered, slower-than-light space drive
torcher n. (1953) a pilot of a spaceship with a torch drive
torchship n. (1953) a spaceship that uses a torch drive n.
tractor n. (1931) = tractor beam n.
tractor beam n. (1931) an energy beam that causes the target to be moved or immobilized in space; (also, in early use) a device producing such a beam
tractor ray n. (1931) = tractor beam n.
transdimensional adj. (1931) designating movement between dimensions; involving more than one dimension
transgalactic adj. (1936) across, crossing, or extending across a galaxy
transhuman n. (1978) a person who has gained abilities (as through genetic engineering or cybernetic augmentation) sufficiently advanced that they are regarded as a different species
transhuman adj. (1967) having the qualities or characteristics of transhumans
transhumanity n. (1978) the quality or condition of being transhuman; also, transhumans collectively
transmat n. (1952) = matter transmitter n.
transporter n. (1940) a device for conveying people or things instantaneously from one place to another, esp. a machine which converts matter into energy, individual atoms, information, etc., and transmits it in this form to another location where it is reconstituted; = matter transmitter n.
trekker n. (1967) an admirer of the U.S. television programme Star Trek
trekkie n. (1969) an admirer of the U.S. television programme Star Trek
tribble n. (1967) in the fictional universe of the Star Trek franchise: a species of small, furry, featureless aliens
tricorder n. (1966) in the fictional universe of the Star Trek franchise: a medium-sized hand-held device used for data sensing, analysis, and recording
tri-D n. (1950) a device or system capable of transmitting or displaying a three dimensional image; (also) a three-dimensional image
tridee n. (1961) a device capable of transmitting or displaying a three dimensional image
trideo n. (1953) a device or system capable of transmitting or displaying a (moving) three dimensional image; a (moving) image displayed by such a device
tri-di n. (No cites) see tri-di n.
tri-dim n. (1963) a device or system capable of transmitting or displaying a three dimensional image
triffid n. (1951) in John Wyndham’s novel The Day of the Triffids: one of a race of malevolent alien plants which threaten to overrun the world
triffidian adj. (No cites) like, or in the manner of a triffid
triffid-like adj. (No cites) like, or in the manner of a triffid
tri-v n. (1954) a device or system capable of recording, transmitting, or displaying a (moving) three dimensional image; such a system as a form of entertainment
trivee n. (No cites) see tri-v n.
tri-vid n. (1955) a device or system capable of transmitting or displaying a three-dimensional image
trufan n. (1954) a science fiction fan who adheres to the ideals and practices of fandom
trufandom n. (1954) the state of being a trufan; excellence in fannish behavior
uchronia n. (1976) = alternate history n.
uchronian adj. (1986) of uchronias