Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction



Word Definition
empath n. (1956) a person or being with the paranormal ability to perceive or share the feelings or emotional state of another
empathic adj. (1959) having the ability of an empath n.
empathist n. (1952) a person or being with the paranormal ability to perceive or share the feelings or emotional state of another; cf. empath n.
empathy n. (1956) the paranormal perception of othersโ€™ emotions; cf. empath n.
energy n. (1903) energy portrayed as something which can be produced in a particular form, such as a projectile, beam, or wave, and transferred (typically with destructive effect) to a body upon contact
energy gun n. (1917) a weapon firing a beam of energy n.; = ray gun n.
energy rifle n. (1934) an energy gun in the form of a long shoulder weapon
energy screen n. (1932) a barrier made of or against energy; a force field n.
energy vampire n. (1967) a being that feeds on energy (in various senses)
energy weapon n. (1941) a weapon that fires a beam of energy; cf. earlier energy gun n.
epic fantasy n. (1961) = high fantasy n.
escape pod n. (1976) a small, minimally equipped spacecraft for emergency use; = lifeboat n.
esp v. (1949) to use extrasensory powers
esper n. (1942) a person or being with extrasensory powers
ET n. (1944) = alien n.
everywhen n. (1942) (in time-travel contexts) all points in time
everywhen adv. (1942) (in time-travel contexts) in or to all points in time
extraterrestrial n. (1941) a creature not from Earth
extraterrestrial adj. (1949) existing or originating outside the earth or its atmosphere
eyetracks n. (1952) imaginary marks left on a book by the act of reading it
faan n. (1953) a science fiction fan, esp. one regarded as non-serious, or devoted more to fandom than to science fiction itself; cf. sercon adj.
faanish adj. (1959) of or relating to fandom, esp. on a superficial level; typical of a faan n.
face plate n. (1930) the transparent window of a spacesuitโ€™s helmet
fanac n. (1956) activity related to a particular fandom, usually science fiction, such as publishing fanzines or writing letters to fanzines
fanboy n. (1919) a male fan (in later use chiefly of comics, film, music, or science fiction), esp. an obsessive one
fandom n. (1894) fans collectively; the state or attitude of being a fan
fanfic n. (1968) = fan fiction n.
fan fiction n. (1939) fiction, usually fantasy or science fiction, written by a fan rather than a professional author, esp. that based on already-existing characters from a television series, book, film, etc.; (also) a piece of such writing
fangirl n. (1934) a female fan (chiefly of comics, film, music, or science fiction), esp. an obsessive one
fanmag n. (1928) a magazine for fans; (specif.) = fanzine n.
fanne n. (1944) a female fan
fannish adj. (1901) of or relating to a dedicated or obsessive fan
fannishness n. (1952) the quality of being fannish
fantasist n. (1923) a writer of fantasy n. 1
fantastic n. 1 (1923) of a creative work: that which has the qualities of fantasy n. 1