Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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First date Word Definition
1993 genre n. (1993) the literary fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror collectively; imaginative fiction
1993 meatspace n. (1993) the physical world, in contrast to cyberspace or a virtual environment
1993 ob- prefix (1993) denoting 'obligatory or expected reference to' a topic
1993 steampunkish adj. (1993) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of steampunk n. 2
1993 vacsuited adj. (1993) = vacuum-suited adj.
1994 cyborgization n. (1994) the conversion of a biological organism into a cyborg n.
1994 sharecrop v. (1994) to write a sharecrop n.
1994 X-Phile n. (1994) a fan of the TV show The X-Files
1995 fantastical n. (1995) of a creative work: that which has the qualities of fantasy n. 1
1995 infodumping n. (1995) the practice of using infodump n. in literature
1995 jump gate n. (1995) a device that opens up a portal into hyperspace n., or otherwise enables instantaneous travel; the gateway thus opened up; cf. gate n.
1995 slipstreamy adj. (1995) having the characteristics or qualities of slipstream n.
1996 ship n. 2 (1996) a romantic pairing of two characters who appear in a work of (serial) fiction, esp. one which is discussed, portrayed, or advocated by fans rather than depicted in the original work; (also) fans who support a particular pairing, considered collectively
1996 shipper n. (1996) a person who discusses, portrays, or advocates a romantic pairing of two characters who appear in a work of (serial) fiction, esp. when such a pairing is not depicted in the original work
1997 morph v. 2 (1997) transitive to change the shape or form of part of (something); to create (something) by such a transformation
1997 multisystem adj. (1997) of or involving more than one star system
1997 sharecrop-writer n. (1997) someone who writes sharecrops
1997 slipstreamer n. (1997) a writer of slipstream fiction
1998 blue pill n. (1998) a drug that allows one to remain ignorant of reality; cf. red pill n.
1998 inertial dampener n. (1998) = inertial damper n.
1998 red pill n. (1998) a drug that reveals esp. unpleasant truths of the real world; cf. blue pill n.
1998 ship v. (1998) transitive. To discuss, portray, or advocate a romantic pairing of (two characters who appear in a work of (serial) fiction), esp. when such a pairing is not depicted in the original work. Also intransitive.
2001 morphed adj. (2001) something that has morphed or has been morphed
2004 mundane adj. 2 (2004) denoting a subgenre of science fiction characterized by a rejection of themes considered scientifically implausible (as faster-than-light travel, alternate universes, etc.)
2005 flash crowd n. (2005) a sudden increase in the number of visitors viewing a (small or niche) website, esp. after the site has been mentioned in a more prominent venue
2006 uplifter n. (2006) a genetic engineer who carries out uplift n.
2008 grimdark n. (2008) a subgenre of (esp. fantasy) fiction characterized by a nihilistic, violent, and dystopian atmosphere or setting