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Date added Word Definition
2020-12-30 meat puppet n. (1984) the human body; a physical human being, esp. in contrast to virtual reality or artificial intelligence
2020-12-29 Mary Sue n. (1976) a writer who inserts an idealized version of themselves in their own fan fiction n.; such a story or character
2020-12-27 mind shield n. (1938) = thought shield n.
2020-12-27 subjunctivity n. (1969) the relationship between reality and something portrayed in a text
2020-12-26 pantropy n. (1952) James Blish’s term for: the modification of humans, esp. by genetic engineering, to make them able to survive in an alien environment
2020-12-25 sercon adj. (1955) of fans or fan activities: (obsessively) concerned with matters of criticism or scholarship, rather than fandom itself; cf. faan n.
2020-12-25 sercon n. (1958) a sercon fan; a sercon item, sercon activities
2020-12-25 faanish adj. (1959) of or relating to fandom, esp. on a superficial level; typical of a faan n.
2020-12-25 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.
2020-12-24 earthfall n. (1952) the arrival of a spaceship on the surface of Earth; cf. planetfall n.
2020-12-22 cosy catastrophe n. (No cites) see catastrophe adj.
2020-12-22 regeneration tank n. (1950) a tank, typically filled with a nutrient bath, in which a person can recover from severe injury, such as the loss of a limb
2020-12-22 organlegger n. (1967) a person who illegally removes organs from people or corpses and sells them to use for transplantation
2020-12-22 auton n. (1970) an autonomous robot or robotic device; (specif. in form Auton) in the British television series Doctor Who: one of a group of malevolent humanoid robots having plastic-like skin
2020-12-21 pressor ray n. (1942) = pressor beam n.
2020-12-21 science fantasy n. 2 (1932) = imaginative fiction
2020-12-20 robotic n. (1950) a robot; a robotic device
2020-12-20 robotically adv. 2 (1953) by means of a robot or robotics
2020-12-18 SF/F n. (1981) science fiction and fantasy, regarded as a single broad genre
2020-12-17 slugthrower n. (1954) a weapon that fires a physical projectile, in contrast to an energy weapon n.
2020-12-16 Earth-norm adj. (1942) = Earth-normal adj.
2020-12-16 Earth-normal n. (1932) a state, amount, or value of something (as gravity or atmospheric pressure) that is typical of what is found on Earth
2020-12-14 space-travelling adj. (1930) capable of space travel; that travels in space
2020-12-14 transdimensional adj. (1931) designating movement between dimensions; involving more than one dimension
2020-12-13 gravity drive n. (1932) a spaceship drive that uses any technology associated with gravity
2020-12-12 holocamera n. (1975) = holocam n.
2020-12-12 holoscreen n. (1969) a screen that displays a hologram
2020-12-12 supernormal n. (1936) a being with extraordinary (usu. psychic) powers as compared to other members of their kind
2020-12-11 speculative fiction n. 3 (1968) fiction which includes science fictional elements but which is regarded as not part of the genre of science fiction, as because it is soft science fiction, or to avoid a stigma felt to be associated with the term ‘science fiction’
2020-12-11 speculative fiction n. 2 (1952) = imaginative fiction
2020-12-11 space gun n. 2 (1932) a weapon used in by people in space; a toy handgun of a style imagined to be used by space travellers
2020-12-10 space-bound adj. 2 (1942) headed to space
2020-12-09 matrix n. (1976) with the: = cyberspace n.
2020-12-09 loc v. (1962) to write a loc (to)
2020-12-09 braintape n. (1946) a recording of the (entire) contents of a person’s mind
2020-12-07 hypospray n. (1947) an injection device that forces a fine, high-pressure jet of fluid through the skin without breaking it
2020-12-07 tribble n. (1967) in the fictional universe of the Star Trek franchise: a species of small, furry, featureless alien
2020-12-07 smeghead n. (1988) in the British TV series Red Dwarf: a foolish or contemptible person
2020-12-07 smeg n. (1988) in the British TV series Red Dwarf: (used as a mild expletive)
2020-12-07 smeg v. (1988) in the British TV series Red Dwarf: (used as a mild expletive)
2020-12-07 3V n. (No cites) see tri-v n.
2020-12-07 planetside n. (1959) the surface of a planet; a base or other installation on a planet
2020-12-06 newspeak n. (1949) the artificial language used for official propaganda in the dystopia of Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four; (hence) any form of English regarded as dishonest, corrupt, etc.; esp. ambiguous or euphemistic language as used in official pronouncements or political propaganda
2020-12-05 Wookiee n. (1974) in the fictional universe of the Star Wars franchise: (a member of) a race of tall, hairy, humanoid aliens
2020-12-05 Romulan n. (1966) in the fictional universe of the Star Trek franchise: a member of a humanoid alien race
2020-12-05 mundane adj. 2 (2004) denoting a subgenre of science fiction characterized by a rejection of themes considered scientifically implausible (as faster-than-light travel, alternate universes, etc.)
2020-11-30 space sailor n. (1933) a person who travels in space, esp. as a profession
2020-11-29 suit radio n. (1941) = suit phone n.
2020-11-29 Padawan n. (1973) in the fictional universe of the Star Wars franchise: an apprentice Jedi; also (often humorously) in extended and allusive use: a youthful, naive, or untrained person
2020-11-29 triffid n. (1951) in John Wyndham’s novel The Day of the Triffids: one of a race of malevolent alien plants which threaten to overrun the world