Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

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First date Word Definition
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 flame pistol n. (1930) a pistol that shoots flames; cf. flame gun n.
1930 glassite n. (1930) a strong transparent synthetic material; an artificial substitute for glass
1930 gravity n. (1930) = gee n. 2
1930 gravity plate n. (1930) a device that creates or nullifies the effects of gravity
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 lifeship n. (1930) an emergency spacecraft; lifeboat n.
1930 life tube n. (1930) an escape pod having a cylindrical shape; cf. lifeboat n.
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
1930 Neptunian n. 2 (1930) the language of Neptunians
1930 neutronium n. (1930) an extremely dense material composed entirely of free neutrons
1930 non-human adj. (1930) = alien n.
1930 ray v. (1930) to fire a ray at
1930 scout ship n. (1930) a usu. small and fast spaceship used for reconnaissance
1930 shield n. (1930) a force field that protects something (such as a spaceship, a city, or an individual person) from potentially harmful objects or energy; cf. deflector n.
1930 Solarian n. 2 (1930) a native or inhabitant of the Earth’s solar system
1930 Solarian adj. (1930) pertaining to Earth’s sun, solar system, or their inhabitants
1930 space fleet n. (1930) an organized group of spaceships, esp. one under military control
1930 space flight n. (1930) a journey in or into outer space; (as a mass noun) space-travel generally
1930 space freighter n. (1930) a spaceship primarily used for transporting cargo
1930 spaceline n. (1930) a company that offers passenger space flights, esp. on a regular route; such a route itself
1930 space lock n. (1930) = airlock n.
1930 space navigator n. (1930) one who navigates a spaceship; = astrogator n.
1930 space patrol n. (1930) a military or police force operating in space
1930 space pirate n. (1930) one who preys on spaceships or other worlds
1930 spaceport n. (1930) a place where spacecraft can take off and land in order to discharge and receive passengers or cargo, refuel, or undergo maintenance; a facility for this purpose
1930 space station n. (1930) a large artificial satellite used as a long-term base for operations in space