Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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Word Definition
astrogating n. (1932) = astrogation n.
astrogation n. (1931) the act of navigation in space
astrogational adj. (1940) of or relating to astrogation n.
astrogator n. (1931) one who practices astrogation; (also) an instrument used for this purpose
astronavigation n. (1935) = astrogation n.
astronavigator n. (1941) = astrogator n. (also astro-navigator)
atmosphere suit n. (1948) = space suit n.
atomic engine n. (1914) an engine powered by nuclear energy
atomics n. 1 (1932) any device powered by nuclear energy, esp. a nuclear-powered engine
atomics n. 2 (1943) atomic weapons
autodoc n. (1966) a system providing automated medical care
automatics n. (1932) a system that controls the flight of a spacecraft with little or no human intervention; any system or technology for the unsupervised control of a vehicle, environment, etc.
auton n. (1970) an autonomous robot or robotic device; (specif. in form Auton) in the British television series Doctor Who: one of a group of malevolent humanoid robots having plastic-like skin
avatar n. (1986) a graphical representation of a person in a computer-generated environment
avian n. (1948) a bird-like alien
avian adj. (1931) (of an alien) bird-like
Ballardian adj. (1964) of, relating to, or characteristic of the writing of J. G. Ballard, esp. in featuring desolate, dystopian settings and a pessimistic view of the effects of modern technological society
battleship n. (1900) a military spaceship having heavy armor and powerful weapons
beam v. (1951) to travel through space as if along a beam of light or energy; to transport (someone or something) in this manner
beam weapon n. (1936) a weapon that fires a destructive beam of energy
beanstalk n. (1979) = space elevator n.
beast mode n. (1991) in a video game: a (temporary) state in which a human transforms into an animal or mythical creature, typically having extra power or skills; (hence) a (temporary) state of aggression or great performance
Belter n. (1965) a native or resident of an asteroid belt n.
BEM n. (1940) = bug-eyed monster n.
big dumb object n. (1981) a large, mysterious, alien-made artifact encountered in space or on another world
biocomputer n. (1952) a computer having components and circuits formed from or modelled on biological molecules or structures
bionic adj. (1941) of or pertaining to bionics; having or being an artificial, esp. electromechanical, device that replaces part of the body; having ordinary human capabilities increased (as if) by the aid of such devices
biopunk n. (1991) a subgenre of science fiction which focuses on the societal effects of biotechnology and genetic engineering
biosuit n. (1969) any of various protective garments, as: a suit designed to protect the wearer from biological hazards; a protective suit made of biological materials; a relatively flexible and lightweight spacesuit
biotech n. (1951) = biotechnician n.
biotechnician n. (1940) a person, esp. a laboratory technician, involved in biotechnics or biotechnology
blaster n. (1925) a weapon that fires a destructive beam of energy