Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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First date Word Definition
1976 escape pod n. (1976) a small, minimally equipped spacecraft for emergency use; = lifeboat n.
1976 fembot n. (1976) a robot resembling a woman in appearance; (also) a woman characterized as having robotic behavior or demeanor
1976 Mary Sue n. (1976) a writer who inserts an idealized version of themselves in their own fan fiction n.; such a story or character
1976 matrix n. (1976) with the: = cyberspace n.
1976 mindmeld v. (1976) to engage in a mind-meld (with)
1976 Planet X n. (1976) (an arbitrary designation for) an unknown or hypothetical alien planet
1976 torch drive n. (1976) a fusion-powered, slower-than-light space drive
1976 vape v. (1976) to vaporize by means of a weapon; to destroy completely, annihilate
1975 cryostasis n. (1975) a frozen state of a person or body induced in order to preserve it for long periods; cryosuspension n.
1975 Dark Side n. 2 (1975) the force of evil
1975 disaster adj. (1975) designating a genre that deals with a global catastrophe (natural, man-made, or extraterrestrial in origin) and its aftermath
1975 ecotopia n. (1975) a place, society, or condition thought to resemble Ecotopia; a place or state which is utopian from an ecological perspective
1975 fix-up n. (1975) a novel constructed from shorter material written separately
1975 holocamera n. (1975) = holocam n.
1975 lightsaber n. (1975) in the fictional universe of the Star Wars franchise: a weapon resembling a sword, but having a destructive beam of light in place of a blade
1975 non-genre adj. (1975) not science fiction, fantasy, or horror; = mainstream adj.
1975 orbital tower n. (1975) a structure linking a planet, moon, etc., with a space station or satellite which is in stationary orbit around it; cf. skyhook n. 4
1975 shipmind n. (1975) an intelligent entity (alien or computer-based) that helps control a spacecraft
1975 space elevator n. (1975) any of various proposed structures extending from the earth upwards for many miles as a means of transporting materials into space, esp. one consisting of a tether linked to a geosynchronous satellite orbiting the earth; cf. orbital tower n.
1975 space tunnel n. (1975) = wormhole n.
1975 superluminally adv. (1975) at a superluminal speed; faster than light
1975 worm n. (1975) a program designed to sabotage a computer or computer network; spec. a self-duplicating program which can operate without becoming incorporated into another program
1974 commlink n. (1974) a communication link; a communication device
1974 Force n. (1974) (with the) in the fictional universe of the Star Wars franchise: a mystical universal energy field which certain individuals, such as the Jedi, can harness to gain special powers or abilities
1974 hobbit-hole n. (1974) a hobbit’s house; any small cozy house
1974 nanotechnology n. (1974) the branch of technology that deals with dimensions and tolerances of 0.1 to 100 nanometres, or, generally, with the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules
1974 nearside n. (1974) the part of a moon that faces the planet it orbits; cf. farside n.
1974 uchronian adj. (1974) of or relating to uchronias