Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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First date Word Definition
1900 vessel n. (1900) a spaceship
1901 ant-man n. (1901) an alien being that resembles an ant in humanoid form
1901 Centaurian adj. (1901) of or relating to the constellation Centaurus or one of its star systems, esp. Alpha Centauri, or its inhabitants; cf. Alpha Centaurian adj.
1901 fannish adj. (1901) of or relating to a dedicated or obsessive fan
1901 space explorer n. (1901) one who explores space
1902 death ray n. (1902) a destructive beam of energy; a device that generates such a beam
1902 mind control n. (1902) the ability to control another person’s thoughts or actions telepathically
1902 outworld n. (1902) a planet that is remote from the homeworld; a planet far from a solar system’s star
1904 time-travelling adj. (1904) that or who travels through time n.
1905 ray-proof adj. (1905) impervious to energy rays, esp. ray weapons
1905 teleview n. (1905) a device or system for displaying video
1906 antigravity n. (1906) a hypothetical force opposed to that of gravity
1906 shapechanger n. (1906) one who can shapechange
1907 Earthian adj. (1907) of or pertaining to the Earth or Earthlings
1907 Jupiterian adj. (1907) of or pertaining to the planet Jupiter or its inhabitants
1907 lifeboat n. (1907) a small spacecraft designed for escaping from a damaged spaceship or space station; cf. lifeship n.; escape ship n.
1907 little green man n. (1907) a stereotypical inhabitant of outer space; an person of peculiar appearance
1908 aerocab n. (1908) = aircab n.
1908 light-century n. (1908) the distance light travels in 100 years
1908 lunarscape n. (1908) a landscape on the moon
1911 earthgirl n. (1911) a girl or woman from Earth
1911 porthole n. (1911) a small window in a spacecraft
1911 space flyer n. 1 (1911) a spacecraft
1912 marsquake n. (1912) seismic activity on the surface of Mars
1912 space sick adj. (1912) suffering from spacesickness n.
1912 spacesickness n. (1912) sickness caused by the effects of space flight
1913 impossible story n. (1913) esp. in the early pulp era: a work of imaginative fiction; a different story n.
1913 Terranian n. (1913) a native or inhabitant of Earth; = Terran n. 1; also as adj.
1914 atomic engine n. (1914) an engine powered by nuclear energy
1914 dayside n. (1914) the side of a planet or moon that is in daylight, sometimes in the context of a planet with one side permanently facing its sun
1914 imaginative adj. (1914) denoting a genre of literature, etc. that is not realistic or mimetic; science fiction, fantasy, and horror collectively
1914 nightside n. (1914) that part of an astronomical body facing away from the nearest star; cf. darkside n. 1, farside n.
1914 time travel n. (1914) the activity of travelling into the past or future; hypothetical movement through time n.