Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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Word Definition
Uranian n. (1834) a native or inhabitant of Uranus
urban fantasy n. (1978) a genre of fantasy that uses a city as its primary setting; a work in this genre
utopia n. (No cites) a place, state, or condition ideally perfect in respect of politics, laws, customs, and conditions
utopian n. (No cites) one who conceives, proposes, or introduces schemes supposed or intended to bring about improved or perfect social and political conditions, etc.; an advocate of social reform
utopian adj. (1981) possessing or regarded as having impossibly or extravagantly ideal conditions in respect of politics, customs, social organization, etc.
utopic adj. (No cites) that embodies or proposes utopian ideals
vacsuit n. (1942) = vacuum suit n.
vacsuited adj. (1993) = vacuum-suited adj.
vacuum suit n. (1926) = space suit n.
vacuum-suited adj. (1937) wearing a vacuum suit n.
vape v. (1983) to vaporize by means of a weapon; to destroy completely, annihilate
Vegan n. 1 (1930) a native or inhabitant of the solar system of the star Vega
Vegan n. 2 (1942) the language of Vegans
Vegan adj. (1930) of or pertaining to the star Vega, or the natives or inhabitants of its solar system
Venerian n. 1 (1919) a native or inhabitant of Venus; = Venusian n. 1
Venerian n. 2 (1948) the language of Venerians
Venerian adj. (1919) pertaining to Venus or Venusians; = Venustian adj.
Venusian n. 1 (1874) a native or inhabitant of the planet Venus
Venusian n. 2 (1931) the language of Venusians
Venusian adj. (1872) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the planet Venus or its inhabitants
Vernean adj. (1883) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the science fiction of Jules Verne
-verse suffix (1985) (used to form nouns denoting the fictional universe used as the setting of a series, typically in combination with the title, main character, or creator of the series)
vessel n. (1900) a spaceship
Vestan n. (1942) a native or inhabitant of the asteroid Vesta
Vestan adj. (1941) of or relating to the asteroid Vesta or its inhabitants
vibroblade n. (1940) a weapon or tool having a blade that vibrates rapidly
vibroknife n. (1973) = vibroblade n.
vidcall n. (1953) a call made on a videophone n.
videophone n. (1928) a telephone system that transmits video as well as audio; a telephone that incorporates a video screen on which the other party may be seen
videophone v. (1945) to call or speak to via videophone n.; to make a call on a videophone n.
videophonic adj. (1949) of or related to videophones or their use