Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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Word Definition
Earthside n. (1953) a group or department based on the planet Earth; the planet Earth itself
Earthside adj. (1949) of, relating to, or from the planet Earth
Earthside adv. (1947) on or towards Earth
Earthsider n. (1966) a native or inhabitant of Earth
Earth-type adj. 1 (1939) of Earth style or manufacture
Earth-type adj. 2 (1941) resembling the planet Earth; having characteristics (as atmosphere, temperature, or gravity) that are similar enough to Earth to support human life
Earthward adj. (1929) facing toward the planet Earth
Earthward adv. (1898) toward the planet Earth
earthwoman n. (1897) a female native or inhabitant of Earth
ecotopia n. (1975) a place, society, or condition thought to resemble Ecotopia; a place or state which is utopian from an ecological perspective
edisonade n. (1993) a story featuring a young male inventor who uses his inventions and ingenuity to defeat his foes or to explore new territory
eetee n. (1953) = ET n.
egoboo n. (1945) the gratification of seeing one’s name in print
Ellisonian adj. (1954) of, relating to, or characteristic of the writing of Harlan Ellison
elsewhen n. (1943) (in time-travel contexts) another time
elsewhen adv. (1940) (in time-travel contexts) at or to another point in time
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) = empath n.
empathy n. (1956) the paranormal perception of others’ emotions; cf. empath n.
energy n. (1898) 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.
escape ship n. (1932) = lifeboat n.; lifeship n.
esp v. (1949) to use extrasensory powers (on); as: to communicate with (a person) telepathically; to send (a message) telepathically; to analyze (a person, place, etc.) using extrasensory powers
esper n. (1942) a person or being with extrasensory powers
ET n. (1939) = alien n.