Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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Word Definition
viewport n. (1935) a (typically small and reinforced) window in a vehicle or structure designed to operate in space
viewscreen n. (1930) a television or similar electronic display screen for viewing images or data
vision plate n. (1930) = viewscreen n.
visiphone n. (1915) = videophone n.
visiphone v. (1940) to use a visiphone to call or speak to someone
visiplate n. (1930) = viewscreen n.
visiscreen n. (1932) = viewscreen n.
visor screen n. (1931) = viewscreen n.
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
Vulcanite n. (1932) a native or inhabitant of Vulcan (a hypothetical planet orbiting nearer to the sun than Mercury)
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.
wallscreen n. (1931) a large wall-mounted video display
warp n. (1936) = space warp n.; travel by means of a space warp, travel at warp speed; (also) = time warp n.
warp v. (1932) (intransitive) to travel through space by means of a space warp n.; (transitive) to cause to move through space, to another dimension, etc., by means of a warp
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. (1923) something that is weird adj.; weird fiction collectively
weird adj. (1923) describing supernatural horror (often in weird fiction, weird story, 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
WKF n. (1953) someone who is moderately prominent within a particular fandom; cf. BNF n.
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 realms and their geology, geography, biology, etc., often including the history and culture of their inhabitants
Worldcon n. (1942) the annual World Science Fiction Convention
worldlet n. (1841) a small celestial object; a planetoid