Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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First date Word Definition
1978 regeneration n. (1978) in the British television series Doctor Who: the process by which a Time Lord transforms themself into a new physical form, esp. after an experience that would otherwise be fatal; (also) a particular manifestation of a Time Lord
1978 skiffy n. (1978) = sci-fi n.
1978 technothriller n. (1978) a thriller which employs science fictional technology or gadgetry
1978 transhuman n. (1978) a person who has gained abilities (as through genetic engineering or cybernetic augmentation) sufficiently advanced that they are regarded as a different species
1978 urban fantasy n. (1978) a genre of fantasy that uses a city as its primary setting; a work in this genre
1979 beanstalk n. (1979) = space elevator n.
1979 Betelgeusean n. 2 (1979) the language of Betelgeuseans
1979 coreward adj. (1979) toward the center of the galaxy
1979 filk singer n. (1979) one who sings filk songs
1979 generation starship n. (1979) = generation ship n.
1979 gynoid n. (1979) a robot having female or feminine characteristics; = robotrix n.
1979 military science fiction n. (1979) a subgenre of science fiction that focuses on the military and warfare, esp. when the setting is outer space or other worlds
1979 SF/F/H n. (1979) abbreviation for science fiction, fantasy, and horror
1979 xenocidal adj. (1979) of, pertaining to, or involving xenocide n.
1980 carbonite n. (1980) a carbon-based material in which a person can be cryogenically preserved
1980 replicant n. 1 (1980) an artificial being in the form of a human or other creature; an android
1980 uplift v. (1980) to transform a non-sentient species into a sentient species, esp. by genetic engineering
1980 uplift n. (1980) the making of a sentient species from a non-sentient one, esp. by genetic engineering
1980 uplifting n. (1980) = uplift n.
1980 xenopsychologist n. (1980) an expert in xenopsychology n.
1981 big dumb object n. (1981) a large, mysterious, alien-made artifact encountered in space or on another world
1981 Clarke belt n. (1981) the ring-shaped region around the Earth containing all possible geostationary orbits
1981 doppel n. (1981) a duplicate version of a person, as a clone, a virtual-reality representation, a shapeshifter, etc.
1981 filker n. (1981) one who sings filk songs; a filk singer n.
1981 flux capacitor n. (1981) in the film Back to the Future and its sequels: the core component of the time machine made of a DeLorean automobile
1981 Jedi mind trick n. (1981) in the fictional universe of the Star Wars franchise: a telepathic technique of psychological manipulation used by the Jedi
1981 jump engine n. (1981) = jump drive n.
1981 SF/F n. (1981) science fiction and fantasy, regarded as a single broad genre
1981 skin job n. 2 (1981) a robot that has skin; (spec.) an android that cannot easily be distinguished from a human