Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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Word Definition
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 spacesuit’s helmet
fanac n. (1956) activity related to a particular fandom, usually science fiction, such as publishing fanzines or writing letters to fanzines
fanarchist n. (1955) a fan who shuns organized fandom; a fan who advocates for anarchy
fanarchistic adj. (1944) preferring to avoid organized forms of fandom
fanboy n. (1919) a male fan (in later use chiefly of comics, film, music, or science fiction), esp. an obsessive one
fandom n. (1936) science-fiction fans collectively; the state or attitude of being a science-fiction fan
fanfic n. (1968) = fan fiction n.
fan fiction n. (1938) 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. (1942) a female fan
fannish adj. (1901) of or relating to a dedicated or obsessive fan
fannishness n. (1943) 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
fantastic n. 2 (1937) a work of fantasy n. 1
fantastic adj. (1930) having the quality of fantasy n. 1
fantastical n. (1995) of a creative work: that which has the qualities of fantasy n. 1
fantasy n. 1 (1932) a genre of fiction which contains elements of magic or the supernatural, frequently set in a world other than our own
fantasy n. 2 (1933) a work (story, film, etc.) in the fantasy genre
fanzine n. (1940) a magazine for fans, esp. those of science fiction
farside n. (1958) the side of the Moon that faces away from Earth; cf. earlier darkside n. 1, nightside n.
faster-than-light adj. (1940) that is traveling or can travel faster than light
faster than light adv. (1928) at a speed faster than that of light
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
fembot n. (1976) a robot resembling a woman in appearance; (also) a woman characterized as having robotic behavior or demeanor
femmefan n. (1940) a female fan
fen n. (1943) plural of fan
ferry n. (1941) a small spacecraft used, esp. on a regular schedule, to transport passengers or cargo over a relatively short distance, as between an orbiting craft and a planet’s surface
filk n. (1953) among science fiction and fantasy fans: a type of popular music, commonly performed at fan conventions, characterized by the use of familiar or traditional songs whose lyrics have been rewritten or parodied (usually on themes drawn from science fiction or fantasy literature)
filk v. (1978) among science fiction and fantasy fans: to write or perform filk songs
filker n. (1981) one who sings filk songs; a filk singer n.
filking n. (1983) among science fiction and fantasy fans: the writing or performing of filk songs
filksing n. (1968) a session or event of filk singing
filk singer n. (1979) one who sings filk songs
filksinging n. (1965) the singing of filk songs
filk song n. (1953) a song in the filk style
fillo n. (1959) a small illustration used to fill space, esp. in a fanzine
first contact n. (1945) the first meeting between two different intelligent species
fix-up n. (1975) a novel constructed from shorter material written separately
flame gun n. (1934) a gun (esp. a handgun) that shoots flames; cf. flame pistol n.