Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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First date Word Definition
1900 battleship n. (1900) a military spaceship having heavy armor and powerful weapons
1900 boat n. (1900) = spaceship n.
1900 cruiser n. (1900) a spaceship, esp. a relatively large and powerful military spaceship
1900 earthborn adj. (1900) originating on Earth, as opposed to outer space or another celestial body
1900 homeworld n. (1900) the planet on which an individual being was born; the planet on which a species originated; cf. slightly earlier home planet n.
1900 midspace n. (1900) outer space, viewed as an area in its own right
1900 vessel n. (1900) a spacecraft
1898 disintegrator n. (1898) a weapon that disintegrates its target
1898 Earthward adv. (1898) toward Earth
1898 energy n. (1898) energy portrayed as something which can be produced in a particular form, such as a projectile, beam, or wave, and transferred (typically with destructive effect) to a body upon contact
1898 fleet n. (1898) = space fleet n.
1898 horror n. (1898) a genre intended to create a feeling of fear in the reader or viewer, especially one employing supernatural elements or monstrous creatures
1898 Martian n. 2 (1898) the language of Martians
1898 Martianess n. (1898) a female Martian
1898 science fiction n. 2 (1898) a genre (of fiction, film, etc.) in which the plot or setting features speculative scientific or technological advances or differences
1898 ship n. 1 (1898) a spaceship
1898 suit n. (1898) = space suit n.
1898 warship n. (1898) a military spaceship designed for combat
1897 earthwoman n. (1897) a female native or inhabitant of Earth
1897 heat ray n. (1897) = ray n.
1897 Mercurian adj. (1897) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the planet Mercury or its inhabitants
1897 ray n. (1897) a beam of (destructive) energy, emitted by a ray gun or similar device
1897 science fiction n. 1 (1897) a work of science fiction n. 2
1896 antigravity adj. (1896) of or relating to something that negates or cancels the effect of gravity
1896 dimension n. (1896) a realm of existence coexistent with our own, but which cannot be perceived or accessed by ordinary means and which often possesses different physical laws; cf. alternate world n., parallel universe n., plane n.
1896 home planet n. (1896) = homeworld n.
1895 shapeshifting adj. (1895) pertaining to shapeshifting; that shapeshifts
1895 Wellsian adj. (1895) of, pertaining to, or resembling the ideas and writings of H. G. Wells, esp. in his science fiction, social comment, etc.
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 device capable of transporting a person backwards or forwards in time n.
1894 time traveller n. (1894) one who travels through time n.