Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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Word Definition
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
cybernetically adv. (1951) by means of cybernetic technology
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.
cycle n. (1918) a (specific) interval of time
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
datapad n. (1962) a thin handheld electronic device for viewing and manipulating information; a tablet computer
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. (1902) 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.
deflector n. (1931) a force field that protects something (such as a spaceship or a city) from potentially harmful objects or energy; a beam of energy that repels such objects; cf. shield n.
different story n. (1919) esp. in the early pulp era: a science fiction, fantasy, or weird story; an impossible story .
dimension n. (1896) a universe 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.
dimensional adj. (1931) between dimensions; joining dimensions
dirtball n. (1978) a planet
dirtside n. (1955) the surface of a planet
dirtside adv. (1953) on or to the surface of a planet (as opposed to in space)
dirtsider n. (1984) a person who lives on a planet (in contrast to a person who lives or frequently travels in space)
disaster adj. (1975) designating a genre that deals with a global catastrophe (natural, man-made, or extraterrestrial in origin) and its aftermath