Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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Word Definition
super-weapon n. (1918) a weapon, esp. an extremely destructive one, based on highly advanced technology
sword and sorcery n. (1961) a subgenre of fantasy n. 1 which describes the adventures of larger-than-life heroes or heroines in bronze-age or medieval settings, and especially their battles with magical or supernatural foes; = heroic fantasy n.
system-wide adj. (1935) extending or existing throughout or across a solar system
tanstaafl n. (1949) (used as a proverb to assert that everything has a cost, hidden or otherwise)
TARDIS n. 1 (1963) in the British television series Doctor Who: a time machine having the outward form of a police telephone box; (hence) any means of travelling through time
Tardis n. 2 (1969) (literally or figuratively) something with a larger capacity than its outward appearance suggests
Tardis-like adj. (1984) denoting something whose capacity is greater than is suggested by its exterior appearance
technothriller n. (1978) a thriller which employs science fictional technology or gadgetry
telekineticist n. (1949) one who practises or has the power of telekinesis
telempath n. (1960) a person who has the psionic ability to sense others’ emotions
telempathic adj. (1958) of or by means of telempathy n.
telempathy n. (1952) the psionic ability to sense others’ emotions
telepath n. (1889) a person or being with the ability to use telepathy
telepath v. (1885) to communicate (something) by telepathy; (also) to communicate with (a person) by telepathy
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
teleport n. 2 (1951) a person who is able to teleport, esp. by psychic means; teleporter n. 1
teleport n. 3 (1983) an act of teleportation n.
teleport v. 1 (1931) transitive to cause to move or travel by teleportation; esp. to convey or transport instantaneously from one place to another by means of an advanced technological device
teleport v. 2 (1944) intransitive to transport oneself instantaneously from one place to another; to travel by teleportation; (also) to be transported in this way, esp. by means of an advanced technological device
teleportage n. (1936) = teleportation n.
teleportation n. (1932) instantaneous transportation from one place to another, esp. by means of a machine which breaks matter down into its constituent particles or converts it to energy, information, etc., and transmits it in this form to another location where it is reconstituted
teleporter n. 1 (1949) a person who is able to teleport; = teleport n. 2
teleporter n. 2 (1950) a device for teleporting; = teleport n. 1
teleporting n. (1946) the action of teleporting; = teleportation n.
teleporting adj. (1948) capable of teleportation n.; causing teleportation n.
telescreen n. (1932) a video screen, esp. one forming part of a communications device
Tellurian n. (1828) a native or inhabitant of Earth
Tellurian adj. (1880) of, relating to, or living on the planet Earth
Tellus n. (1930) the planet Earth