super-science n.

extremely advanced science

  • 1929 Oakland Tribune 25 Feb. 32 (advt.)

    It [sc. Buck Rodgers] is packed with Love…Passion…Adventure…Thrills and the Super-science of Tomorrow in the Great Narrative Strip.

  • 1930 Astounding Stories of Super-Science Jan. (front cover) page image

    Astounding Stories of Super-Science

  • 1934 Astounding Stories Sept. 154/1

    Lo! is all any one could want in a department for information on superscience that has actually happened.

  • 1934 Astounding Stories Sept. 159/1

    Opinion anent the late Charles Fort and his Lo!seems to be divided, but one thing is certain—that the bizarre occurrences reported to him are not manifestations of any superscience, as stated by the editors of Astounding Stories.

  • 1934 Astounding Stories Sept. 137

    The greatest collation of factual data on superscience in existence. Don’t miss any installments, or the story is incomplete.

  • 1946 M. St. Clair Presenting the Author in Fantastic Adventures Nov. 2/2 Margaret St. Clair

    I like to write about ordinary people of the future, surrounded by gadgetry of super-science, but who, I feel sure, know no more about how the machinery works than a present day motorist knows of the laws of thermodynamics.

  • 1981 Science Fiction Review Summer 36/1

    People might be surprised that I list Hogan in the same sentence, considering his old-fashioned super-science plots and cardboard characters.

  • 1982 N. Peart Countdown (song, perf. ‘Rush’) page image Neil Peart

    This magic day when super-science Mingles with the bright stuff of dreams.

  • 1990 I. Watson Flies of Memory i. 27 Ian Watson

    People of the superscience tomorrow could easily be illiterate.

  • 2001 Science Fiction Chronicle Mar. 14/1

    Some of them…are super-science epics which would have done F. Orlin Tremaine proud. Are you now consciously emulating…the science fiction you grew up reading?

  • 2005 C. Stross Accelerando vi. 247 Charles Stross

    But this is supposed to be kiloparsecs from home, ancient alien civilizations and all that! Where’s the exotic superscience? What about the neuron stars, strange matter suns structured for computing at nucleonic, rather than electronic, speeds?

  • 2019 N. Okorafor & V. Ayala Friend in Need in Shuri (#7) June (unpaged) Nnedi Okorafor

    ‘Okay, here are the glove’s schematics—I based them off of one of Dr. Hall’s papers about particle acceleration. I, uh, I’m kind of a physics buff.’ ‘Hmm. I would need more specialized tools than I brought with me on this trip to make anything sophisticated enough to interact with this design.’ ‘Mind if I take a look? I actually spend a lot of time messing with super-science.’

Research requirements

antedating 1929

Earliest cite

newspaper ad for Buck Rodgers

Research History
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1981 cite from a letter by Bruce D. Arthurs in SF Review.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from an author's self-profile by Margaret St. Clair.
Fred Galvin submitted a January 1930 cite from the cover of Astounding Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted three cites from the Sept. 1934 Astounding: an editorial blurb and letters by Francis Donovan and Milton Kaletsky, about Charles Fort's "Lo!".

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