Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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Word Definition
superluminally adv. (1975) at a superluminal speed; faster than light
supernormal n. (1936) a being with extraordinary (usu. psychic) powers as compared to other members of their kind
supernova n. (1942) to go supernova (of a star) to become a supernova; (more generally, of a star, planet, etc.) to explode (also used figuratively)
superpower n. (1932) a superhuman ability, esp. as possessed by a superhero; an ability beyond what is possible based on scientific laws
superscience n. (1929) extremely advanced science; science beyond what is possible based on known laws
superscientific adj. (1919) of or pertaining to superscience n.; relating to or generated by the products of super-science
super-scientist n. (1928) a person who studies, or creates inventions using, superscience n.
superspace n. (1939) = hyperspace n.
supervillain n. (1917) a person who uses superpowers or superscience for malevolent purposes
supervillainess n. (1970) a woman who uses superpowers or superscience for malevolent purposes; a female supervillain n.
super-weapon n. (1931) 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
Tau Cetan n. (1931) a native or inhabitant of the Tau Ceti star system; (also) the language of Tau Cetans
Tau Cetan adj. (1959) of or relating to the Tau Ceti star system or its inhabitants
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 transmit (a message, image, etc.) by telepathy; (also) to communicate with (a person) by telepathy; also intransitive; cf. telepathize v.
telepathize v. (1894) = telepath v.
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 (1949) a person who is able to teleport, esp. by psychic rather than technological means; teleporter n. 1
teleport n. 3 (1983) an act of teleportation n.