Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction



Word Definition
conlang n. (1991) an artificially created language; esp. a language invented to represent the speech of an alien race
conreport n. (1953) a report of the events of a (usually science fiction) convention
continuum n. (1938) a universe; dimension n.
contragravity n. (1929) = antigravity n.
contraterrene adj. (1941) made of antimatter; cf. seetee n., terrene adj.
core n. (1964) the center of the galaxy
coreward adj. (1979) toward the center of the galaxy
corpsicle n. (1966) a cryogenically frozen person; someone in cold sleep n.; (also, occasionally) a frozen corpse
cosy catastrophe n. (No cites) see catastrophe adj.
counterfactual n. (1997) a work of alternate history n.
countergrav n. (1955) = antigravity n.
countergravity n. (1937) = antigravity n.
countergravity adj. (1940) = antigravity adj.
credit n. (1934) a unit of currency
croggle v. (1959) to astonish, bewilder, baffle
croggled adj. (1962) astonished, baffled, bewildered
cruiser n. (1917) a spaceship
cryogenics n. (1937) the science of low temperatures (originally the science of creating low temperatures)
cryonics n. (1966) the practice or technique of deep-freezing the bodies of people who have died, usu. of an incurable disease, with the aim of reviving them once a cure has been found
cryosleep n. (1972) = cold sleep n.
cryostasis n. (1975) a frozen state of a person or body induced in order to preserve it for long periods; cryosuspension n.
cryosuspension n. (1983) = cryostasis n.
cyberpunk n. 1 (1984) a subgenre of science fiction typified by a bleak, high-tech setting in which a lawless subculture exists within an oppressive society dominated by computer technology
cyberpunk n. 2 (1984) an author of, or protagonist in, cyberpunk n. 1
cyberpunkish adj. (1989) resembling or reminiscent of cyberpunk n. 1
cyberspace n. (1982) the notional environment within which electronic communication occurs, esp. when represented as the inside of a computer system; space perceived as such by an observer but generated by a computer system and having no real existence; the space of virtual reality
cyborg n. (1960) a living organism whose body has been modified to include both biological and mechanical components
cyborg v. (1976) to make into a cyborg
cyborged adj. (1976) (of a biological organism) made into a cyborg n.
cyborging n. (1989) the process of converting a biological organism into a cyborg
cyborgization n. (1994) the conversion of a biological organism into a cyborg n.
cyborgized adj. (1989) (of a biological organism) made into a cyborg n.
dalek n. (1963) in the British television series Doctor Who: a member of a race of aggressive alien mutants in mobile armoured casings
dark fantasy n. (1973) a subgenre of fantasy that features gloomy or frightening themes, incorporating elements of horror n.
darkside n. 1 (1939) the side of an object in space (as a spaceship, or a moon or planet) that faces away from the closest star; cf. farside n., nightside n.
Dark Side n. 2 (1975) the force of evil
datasphere n. (1989) the notional environment in which digital data is stored; esp. the internet viewed in this way; (also) the realm of virtual reality; cyberspace n.
dayside n. (1914) the side of a planet that is in daylight, sometimes in the context of a planet with one side permanently facing its sun
death ray n. (1903) a destructive beam of energy; a device that generates such a beam
deep space n. (1921) that part of space far away from planets or stars
deep-space adj. (1937) of or in deep space n.