Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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Word Definition
temporal paradox n. (1954) = time paradox n.
Terra n. (1871) the planet Earth
terraform v. (1942) to transform (an environment or planet) by terraforming n.
terraformed adj. (1942) of an environment or planet: transformed by terraforming n.
terraformer n. (1942) one who engages in terraforming n.; (in 1942 quot.) a device that is used for terraforming
terraforming n. (1942) the process of transforming a planet into one sufficiently similar to Earth to support Earth life-forms, esp. humans
Terran n. 1 (1935) a native or inhabitant of Earth
Terran n. 2 (1944) a common language spoken on Earth or by Earthlings
Terran adj. (1935) of or pertaining to Earth or its inhabitants
Terranian n. (1913) a native or inhabitant of Earth; = Terran n. 1; also as adj.
terrene adj. (1943) composed of matter (as opposed to anti-matter)
terrestial n. (1930) a person from Earth; a human
terrestial adj. (1711) of or from Earth or an earthling
Terrestrial n. (1889) a native or inhabitant of Earth; = earthling n.
Terrestrian n. (1930) a native or inhabitant of earth; = Terrestrial n.
terrestrian adj. (1930) of Earth
tesser v. (1962) in Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time: to travel through space by means of a tesseract n.
tesseract n. (1962) in Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time: a means of travelling through space by manipulating the dimensions of spacetime
thought-controlled adj. (1934) of devices, computers, etc.: controlled by a person’s thoughts or neural impulses
thought-reading machine n. (1931) a machine that can read a person’s thoughts
thought-variant n. (1933) a story characterized by a focus on significant ideas rather than action
three-D n. (1955) a device or system capable of transmitting or displaying a three dimensional image; (also) a three-dimensional image; cf. tri-D n.
threedy n. (1984) three-dimensional television or film
three vee n. (1954) a device capable of transmitting or displaying a (moving) three dimensional image
thruster n. (1949) an engine that creates thrust, esp. a small rocket engine used to adjust the attitude or course of a spacecraft in flight
thud and blunder n. (1940) (a disparaging term for) an adventure story that features violent exploits
tie-in n. (1949) a book, film, or the like published to take advantage of the appearance of the same work in another medium
tight-beam n. (1934) a highly focused energy beam, esp. one that conveys communications; a device that sends such a beam; a message sent by such a device
tight-beam v. (1959) to send (esp. a message) by means of a tight-beam n.; to send to (someone) by means of a tight-beam n.; also intrans.
tight-beamed adj. (1951) of a message: sent by means of a tight-beam n.
time n. (1866) time viewed as a medium through which travel into the past or future is hypothesized or imagined to be possible
time barrier n. (1933) something (either inherent or created) that prevents travel through time
time binding n. (1921) in General Semantics: the characteristically human ability to transmit knowledge to succeeding generations by means of (written) language; (hence, in Fandom) the act of documenting fannish activities