Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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First date Word Definition
1928 videophone n. (1928) a telephone system that transmits video as well as audio; a telephone that incorporates a video screen on which the other party may be seen
1928 viewplate n. (1928) = visiplate n.
1929 contragravity n. (1929) = antigravity n.
1929 feelie n. (1929) a motion picture augmented by tactile effects which are felt by the viewer; chiefly in plural (frequently with the): the screening of such pictures; such pictures as a type of entertainment
1929 force beam n. (1929) = tractor beam n.; = pressor beam n.
1929 graviton n. (1929) a subatomic particle thought of as propagating the action of gravitational force
1929 gravitonic adj. (1929) of or relating to gravitons
1929 planetless adj. (1929) of a star: having no orbiting planets; (occasionally, of people) having no home planet; homeless in space
1929 pseudopod n. (1929) a temporary functional limb extended from the body of an amorphous being
1929 raise v. (1929) to cause (a spaceship) to lift off a planet; (of a spaceship) to lift off a planet
1929 ray pistol n. (1929) a handheld ray gun n.
1929 science-fictionist n. (1929) a writer or aficionado of science fiction n.
1929 scientifictional adj. (1929) being, pertaining to, or characteristic of scientifiction n.
1929 scientifictionist n. (1929) a fan or writer of science fiction n.
1929 sf n. (1929) = science fiction n.
1929 Sol n. (1929) the star that Earth orbits; the Sun
1929 space bus n. (1929) a spacecraft designed to ferry people (and sometimes freight) short distances
1929 spacecraft n. (1929) any vehicle designed to travel in space
1929 space fiction n. (1929) science fiction set in space or on other worlds, or involving space travel n.
1929 space gun n. 1 (1929) a large gun which projects a spacecraft into space; (also) a hand-held gun whose recoil is used by an astronaut for propulsion
1929 space suit n. (1929) a sealed and pressurized garment designed to protect the wearer against the conditions of space; cf. earlier suit n.
1929 space vessel n. (1929) = spaceship n.
1929 star system n. (1929) a planetary system; = solar system n.
1929 super-science n. (1929) extremely advanced science
1930 airlock n. (1930) a small airtight compartment with controlled pressure and two sets of doors, used to facilitate movement between the interior and exterior of a spacecraft; (also) either of the doors to such a compartment; cf. space lock n.
1930 face plate n. (1930) the transparent window of a spacesuit’s helmet
1930 fantastic adj. (1930) having the quality of fantasy n. 1
1930 glassite n. (1930) a strong transparent synthetic material; an artificial substitute for glass
1930 gravity n. (1930) = gee n. 2
1930 groundcar n. (1930) a car incapable of flight (in contrast with an aircar n.)
1930 group mind n. (1930) a collective intelligence composed of individual intelligences combined into a larger whole; hive mind n.
1930 home system n. (1930) the solar system in which an individual being is from; the solar system in which a species originated
1930 inhuman adj. (1930) not human; alien
1930 light barrier n. 1 (1930) a force field made of beams of light
1930 moon ship n. (1930) a spacecraft for travelling to the moon
1930 mother ship n. (1930) a spacecraft escorting or having charge of a number of other, usually smaller, craft; one from which other craft are launched or controlled
1930 needle-beam n. (1930) a weapon producing a very narrow beam of energy; the beam produced by such a weapon