Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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First date Word Definition
1986 mecha n. (1986) chiefly in anime or manga: a large combat robot having humanoid form, typically controlled by an occupant
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
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.
1989 sharecropped adj. (1989) having the quality of a sharecrop n.
1989 slipstream n. (1989) fiction which, while not classified as science fiction, engages to some extent with scientific or futuristic subject matter, esp. such fiction regarded as constituting an identifiable genre; this genre of fiction
1990 con crud n. (1990) an illness (esp. a cold) suffered while or shortly after attending an SF convention