superscience n.

extremely advanced science; science beyond what is possible based on known laws

  • 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 F. Donovan Letter in Astounding Stories Sept. 154/1 page image

    Lo! [sc. a column about science] is all any one could want in a department for information on superscience that has actually happened.

  • 1934 A. E. Perry Letter in Astounding Stories Sept. 159/1 page image

    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.

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

  • 1956 R. W. Lowndes Wonderfulness in Science Fiction Quarterly Feb. 48/1 (editorial) page image Robert A. W. Lowndes bibliography

    They [sc. the protagonists of early science-fiction stories] were essentially ordinary men, sometimes idealized, to the point of ridiculousness; outside of his mighty brain—reinforced by the super[-]science of Norlamin, etc.—Richard Seaton [a character in E. E. Smith’s Skylark series] was so common as to be prosaic. As dull a superman as you’d want to meet.

  • 1969 R. Weinberg Destroyer in Worlds of If May 105/1 page image Robert Weinberg bibliography

    Take a man who had just died, keep his brain alive with super[-]science until a new body was ready, and then transfer the now slightly altered organ into the machine which was to be its new home.

  • 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 in Asimov’s Science Fiction Sept. 34 page image Ian Watson bibliography

    People of the super[-]science 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 bibliography

    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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