Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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First date Word Definition
1974 Wookiee n. (1974) in the fictional universe of the Star Wars franchise: (a member of) a race of tall, hairy, humanoid aliens
1975 cryostasis n. (1975) a frozen state of a person or body induced in order to preserve it for long periods; cryosuspension n.
1975 Dark Side n. 2 (1975) the force of evil
1975 disaster adj. (1975) designating a genre that deals with a global catastrophe (natural, man-made, or extraterrestrial in origin) and its aftermath
1975 ecotopia n. (1975) a place, society, or condition thought to resemble Ecotopia; a place or state which is utopian from an ecological perspective
1975 fix-up n. (1975) a novel constructed from shorter material written separately
1975 holocamera n. (1975) = holocam n.
1975 lightsaber n. (1975) in the fictional universe of the Star Wars franchise: a weapon resembling a sword, but having a destructive beam of light in place of a blade
1975 non-genre adj. (1975) not science fiction, fantasy, or horror; = mainstream adj.
1975 orbital tower n. (1975) a structure linking a planet, moon, etc., with a space station or satellite which is in stationary orbit around it; cf. skyhook n. 4
1975 shipmind n. (1975) an intelligent entity (alien or computer-based) that helps control a spacecraft
1975 space elevator n. (1975) any of various proposed structures extending from the earth upwards for many miles as a means of transporting materials into space, esp. one consisting of a tether linked to a geosynchronous satellite orbiting the earth; cf. orbital tower n.
1975 space tunnel n. (1975) = wormhole n.
1975 spider sense n. (1975) in the fictional world of the comic book hero Spider-Man: the precognitive ability to anticipate (and react to) dangerous situations; (hence, in figurative or allusive use) a premonition; intuition; insight
1975 superluminally adv. (1975) at a superluminal speed; faster than light
1975 worm n. (1975) a program designed to sabotage a computer or computer network; spec. a self-duplicating program which can operate without becoming incorporated into another program
1976 areologist n. (1976) a scientist specializing in areology n.
1976 cyborg v. (1976) to make into a cyborg
1976 cyborged adj. (1976) (of a biological organism) made into a cyborg n.
1976 Earthish adj. (1976) of or pertaining to the planet Earth or its inhabitants
1976 escape pod n. (1976) a small, minimally equipped spacecraft for emergency use; = lifeboat n.
1976 fembot n. (1976) a robot resembling a woman in appearance; (also) a woman characterized as having robotic behavior or demeanor
1976 Mary Sue n. (1976) a writer who inserts an idealized version of themselves in their own fan fiction n.; such a story or character
1976 matrix n. (1976) with the: = cyberspace n.
1976 mindmeld v. (1976) to engage in a mind-meld (with)
1976 off-planet n. (1976) an off-planet location
1976 Planet X n. (1976) (an arbitrary designation for) an unknown or hypothetical alien planet
1976 torch drive n. (1976) a fusion-powered, slower-than-light space drive
1977 genre fantasy n. (1977) stories, novels, etc. that are explicity written or published in the genre of fantasy, as opposed to ones which contain fantastic or supernatural elements but are written or published as mainstream or in another genre