Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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First date Word Definition
1876 Sirian adj. (1876) of or relating to the Sirius system or its inhabitants
1877 areology n. (1877) the study of the geology of the planet Mars
1878 anti-gravitation n. (1878) a hypothetical force opposed to gravity
1878 space exploration n. (1878) the exploration of space
1878 teleport n. 1 (1878) a device for conveying people or things instantaneously from one place to another, esp. a machine which breaks matter down into its constituent particles or converts it into energy, information, etc., and transmits it in this form to another location where it is reconstituted; teleporter n. 2
1880 areographer n. (1880) one who maps or studies the planet Mars
1880 earth folk n. (1880) = earth people n.
1880 spaceship n. (1880) a spacecraft; esp. a manned one under the control of its crew
1880 Tellurian adj. (1880) of, relating to, or living on the planet Earth
1882 Marsian n. 2 (1882) the language of Marsians; = Martian n. 2
1882 Marsian adj. (1882) of or relating to the the planet Mars or its inhabitants; = Martian adj.
1882 shapeshifting n. (1882) the practice or act of changing shape to adopt the form of another animal or human
1882 solar system n. (1882) a system of one or more stars, often with accompanying planets
1883 ether ship n. (1883) a spaceship
1883 mad scientist n. (1883) a scientist who is insane or eccentric, esp. so as to be dangerous or evil: a stock figure of melodramatic horror stories
1883 stellar cartography n. (1883) a branch of cartography concerned with astronomical objects; (occas. cap.) an organizational unit or work area devoted to this; cf. astrogation n.
1883 Vernean adj. (1883) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the science fiction of Jules Verne
1885 telepath v. (1885) to transmit (a message, image, etc.) by telepathy; (also) to communicate with (a person) by telepathy; also intransitive; cf. telepathize v.
1887 planetquake n. (1887) seismic activity on the surface of a planet, especially one other than Earth
1888 intergalactic adj. (1888) situated between galaxies; of, pertaining to, or occupying the regions between galaxies
1888 Lunarite n. (1888) a native or inhabitant of the Moon; = Lunarian n.; Lunite n.
1888 skyhook n. 1 (1888) an imaginary device for attaching something to the sky
1889 speculative fiction n. 1 (1889) = science fiction n. 2; (sometimes spec.) hard science fiction n.
1889 telepath n. (1889) a person or being with the ability to use telepathy
1889 Terrestrial n. (1889) a native or inhabitant of Earth; = earthling n.
1890 space journey n. (1890) a journey in space
1891 earthrise n. (1891) the rise of earth above the horizon, as seen by an observer on (or in orbit around) another planet; an instance of this
1892 worldbuilder n. (1892) a writer who engages in world-building n.
1894 somewhen adv. (1894) in time-travel contexts: another time; in or to another time
1894 telepathize v. (1894) = telepath v.
1894 time machine n. (1894) a machine capable of transporting a person backwards or forwards in time n.