Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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Word Definition
completist n. (1940) one who wishes to have or collect complete sets of something
con n. (1942) a convention of a group of (usually and originally science fiction) fans; cf. -con suffix
-con suffix (1940) (used to form the names of conventions, with the first element indicating the location or (typically in informal designations) the main subject or focus of the event) cf. con n.
con crud n. (1990) an illness (esp. a cold) suffered while or shortly after attending an SF convention
condom n. (1986) the milieu of (usually science fiction) conventions
congoer n. (1954) one who attends (usually science fiction) conventions
congoing n. (1959) attendance at (usually science fiction) conventions
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 convention
continuum n. (1938) a universe; dimension n.
contragravity n. (1929) = antigravity n.
contraterrene adj. (1941) made of, or making use 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. (1991) 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. (1900) a spaceship
cryogenics n. (1960) = cryostasis n.; cryonics n.
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.
Cyberman n. (1966) in the British television series Doctor Who: one of a race of emotionless cybernetic humanoids
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