Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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Word Definition
Vulcan n. (1966) in the fictional universe of the Star Trek franchise: a member of a humanoid alien race, characterized by strictly logical and rational thinking and the suppression of normal human emotions; (hence) a person regarded as having similar characteristics
Vulcan mind meld n. (1968) = mind-meld n.
Vulcan nerve pinch n. (1968) a one-handed pinch delivered (chiefly by Vulcans) to the base of a person’s neck that immediately renders the victim unconscious
waldo n. (1942) a remotely operated body, arm, etc., used variously to extend the user’s natural abilities, perform work in an inhospitable environment or at a distance, etc.
warp n. (1936) = space warp n.; travel by means of a space warp, travel at warp speed
warp v. (1946) to travel through space by way of a space warp n.
warp drive n. (1948) a device by which a spaceship is enabled to travel through space by means of a space warp; a faster-than-light drive
warp speed n. (1952) a faster-than-light speed, attained by a spaceship with a propulsion mechanism capable of manipulating space-time; (also, in extended use) an extraordinarily high speed
warship n. (1898) a military spaceship designed for combat
weird n. (1936) something that is weird adj.
weird adj. (1923) describing supernatural horror (often in weird fiction, weird tale, etc.)
weirdist n. (1936) an author or fan of weird fiction
Wellsian n. (1914) a devotee or follower of H. G. Wells
Wellsian adj. (1895) of, pertaining to, or resembling the ideas and writings of H. G. Wells, esp. in his science fiction, social comment, etc.
wetware n. (1963) biological structures or systems regarded as analogous to computer equipment; (specif.) the human brain; the mind, esp. when able to be affected or altered by computer processes
Whovian n. (1982) a fan of the British television series Doctor Who
Wookiee n. (1974) in the fictional universe of the Star Wars franchise: (a member of) a race of tall, hairy, humanoid aliens
worldbuilder n. (1892) a writer who engages in world-building n.
world-building n. (1920) the creation of fictional planets and their geology, geography, biology, etc., often including the history and culture of their inhabitants
worldcon n. (1952) the annual world science fiction convention
worldlet n. (1841) a small celestial object; a planetoid
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
wormhole n. (1957) an interconnection between widely separated regions of space-time, allowing faster-than-light travel between them
xeno- prefix (1962) (used to form words indicating that the base element is or relates to an alien)
xenoanthropology n. (1966) the study of alien cultures
xenobiological adj. (1958) of or relating to xenobiology n.
xenobiologist n. (1954) one who studies xenobiology
xenobiology n. (1954) the study of the biology of extraterrestrial life forms
xenocidal adj. (1979) of, pertaining to, or involving xenocide n.