Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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First date Word Definition
1985 redshirt n. (1985) a character who is not portrayed in depth; (esp.) a character whose main plot function is to be killed
1985 shared world n. (1985) a fictional setting in which multiple authors set their stories, esp. one created for this purpose
1985 -verse suffix (1985) (used to form nouns denoting the fictional universe used as the setting of a series, typically in combination with the title, main character, or creator of the series)
1986 avatar n. (1986) a VR representation of a person
1986 condom n. (1986) the milieu of (usually science fiction) conventions
1986 mindfood n. (1986) a substance taken as food or drink containing chemicals which increase one’s mental ability
1986 nanomachine n. (1986) a nanotechnological machine
1986 proto-cyberpunk n. (1986) a writer of proto-cyberpunk works
1986 uchronian adj. (1986) of uchronias
1987 gengineer n. (1987) = genetic engineer n.
1987 holodeck n. (1987) chiefly in the fictional universe of the Star Trek franchise: a room providing a holographic environment
1987 nano n. (1987) = nanotechnology n.; (also) = nanobot n.
1987 nanotech adj. (1987) = nanotechnological adj.
1987 off-world n. (1987) a place away from earth, or a particular planet or world regarded as the native world; another world or planet
1987 replicant n. 2 (1987) a person who acts or behaves like a replicant n. 1, esp. in imitating or resembling others; a clone
1987 sharecropper n. (1987) a writer of sharecrops
1987 sharecropping n. (1987) the practice of writing sharecrops
1987 splatterpunk n. 1 (1987) a subgenre of horror fiction characterized by the frequent and graphic description of grisly violence, bloody deaths, and extreme sexual situations; (in later use also) a similar genre of cinema, computer games, etc.
1987 splatterpunk n. 2 (1987) an author of splatterpunk writing
1987 steampunk n. 1 (1987) a writer of steampunk n. 2
1987 steampunk n. 2 (1987) a subgenre of science fiction which has a historical setting (esp. based on industrialized, nineteenth-century society) and characteristically features steam-powered, mechanized machinery rather than electronic technology
1988 jump pilot n. (1988) one who pilots a spaceship through a jump n.
1988 nanorobot n. (1988) = nanobot n.
1988 smeg v. (1988) in the British TV series Red Dwarf: (used as a mild expletive)
1988 smeg n. (1988) in the British TV series Red Dwarf: (used as a mild expletive)
1988 smeghead n. (1988) in the British TV series Red Dwarf: a foolish or contemptible person
1989 Borg n. (1989) in the fictional universe of the Star Trek franchise: a group of cybernetically enhanced aliens linked in a hive mind
1989 cyberpunkish adj. (1989) resembling or reminiscent of cyberpunk n. 1
1989 cyborging n. (1989) the process of converting a biological organism into a cyborg
1989 cyborgized adj. (1989) (of a biological organism) made into a cyborg n.
1989 datasphere n. (1989) the notional environment in which digital data is stored; esp. the internet viewed in this way; (also) the realm of virtual reality; cyberspace n.
1989 gengineer v. (1989) to produce, develop, or alter through genetic engineering n.
1989 nanite n. (1989) a nanomachine designed to build other nanomachines; a self-reproducing nanorobot
1989 nanobot n. (1989) a nanoscale self-propelled machine, esp. one that has some degree of autonomy and can reproduce
1989 nanotechnological adj. (1989) resulting from developments in nanotechnology; of or relating to nanotechnology
1989 postcyberpunk adj. (1989) of or pertaining a subgenre of science fiction that employs some of cyberpunk's themes, especially the exploration of the effects of a high rate of technological change on society, but rejects the alienation and dystopianism of cyberpunk
1989 retcon n. (1989) in a fictional work or series: a piece of new (and typically revelatory) information which imposes a different interpretation on previously described events, often employed to facilitate a dramatic plot shift or account for an inconsistency; (also) use of this as a narrative device
1989 retcon v. (1989) to revise retrospectively (an aspect of a fictional work or series), typically by means of a revelation which imposes a different interpretation on previously described events; cf. retcon n.