superscientific adj.

of or pertaining to superscience n.; relating to or generated by the products of super-science

  • 1919 C. Fort Book of Damned xx. 248 page image Charles Fort bibliography

    [...] I think of super-things that have passed close to this earth with no more interest in this earth than have passengers upon a steamship in the bottom of the sea—or passengers may have a keen interest, but circumstances of schedules and commercial requirements forbid investigation of the bottom of the sea. Then, on the other hand, we may have data of super-scientific attempts to investigate phenomena of this earth from above—perhaps by beings from so far away that they had never even heard that something, somewhere, asserts a legal right to this earth.

  • 1930 Editorial Blurb in Amazing Stories Sept. 541 page image

    In the second instalment of this super-scientific story the author of ‘The Skylark of Space’ proves conclusively that he has learned a great deal, for he has apparently been exploring in the interim before launching on this second thrilling trip, so full of dangerous adventure and new findings on other planets and in other universes.

  • 1934 Astounding Stories Aug. 33/2

    The enemy, whoever he might have been, must have been operating from a distance immeasurably greater than any that even DuQuesne’s new-found knowledge could believe possible; abounding though it was in astounding data concerning superscientific weapons of destruction.

  • 1934 Astounding Stories Sept. 41

    COSMIC RHYTHM by HARL VINCENT Is perhaps the most truly superscientific story ever written by this favorite author.

  • 1940 Brass Tacks in Astounding Science Fiction Dec. 116/1

    I am definitely not a professor of physics or any other sort of super-scientist, and, consequently, I do not want scientific treatises, whether they be actual fact or sheer bunk. With one exception: the only ‘super-scientific’ author who seems to ‘invent’ plausible machines and situations, is John Russell Fearn.

  • 1947 R. A. Palmer Observatory in Amazing Stories Oct. 6/2 page image Raymond A. Palmer bibliography

    The existence of strange, super-scientific ships in the atmosphere of earth!

  • 1956 Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction June 3

    S.f.’s aliens may have pseudopods or superscientific gadgets, but rarely so wholly different a frame of reference as man himself has achieved in other eras.

  • 1964 Great Classic Comic Newspaper Strips, No. 1, Buck Rogers Issue Oct. 5

    On the ruins of New York, San Francisco, Detroit, and a dozen others the Mongols reared cities of super scientific magnificence.

  • 1974 A. Panshin & C. Panshin SF: New Trends and Old in R. Bretnor SF, Today & Tomorrow 230 Alexei Panshin Cory Panshin

    Magic has subtleties that super-scientific power or even psi power do not have.

  • 2003 S. M. Stirling Introduction in J. J. Astor Journey in Other Worlds ix

    Yet amid the superscientific wonders, other interests remain.

Research requirements

antedating 1919

Earliest cite

Charles Fort

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a cite from the letter column of the December 1940 Astounding.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from an editorial by Raymond A. Palmer in Amazing.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1980 reprint of E. E. Smith's 1934 "Skylark of Valeron"; Mike Christie verified this in the 1934 original publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from an editorial blurb in the Sept. 1934 Astounding Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Bryce Walton's "Princess of Chaos".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from an editorial blurb in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1930 cite from an editorial blurb in Amazing Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1964 reprint of Philip Francis Nowlan's comic strip "Buck Rogers--in the Year 2429"; we would like to verify it in the original newspaper strip in January 1929 or the magazine version which appeared in Amazing Stories in August 1928 (as "Armageddon -- 2419 A.D.").

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