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3-di (n.) antedating 1986 'James Tiptree jr.' (Alice Sheldon): "Collision" A device capable of transmitting or displaying a three dimensional image
aerocar (n.) antedating 1908 Stephen Chalmers, New York Times a small, personal flying vehicle, equivalent to a flying car
AI (n.) antedating 1963 Artificial Intelligence Project, MIT abbrev. for artificial intelligence, the science of producing computer programs capable of 'intelligent' behaviour
AI (n.) antedating 1974 Gardner Dozois, 'Chains of the Sea' abbrev. for artificial intelligence, a computer program as an intelligent being.
aircab (n.) antedating 1940 Harry Bates, 'Farewell to the Master' a flying taxicab
aircar (n.) antedating 1871 New York Times, 1871 = aerocar
airlock (n.) antedating 1928 in E. E. "Doc" Smith's Skylark of Space a small compartment with controlled pressure and two sets of doors, used to facilitate movement between the interior and exterior of a spacecraft; (also) either of the doors to such a compartment
alien (n.) interdating 1820-1920 an (intelligent) being from another planet
alien (adj.) antedating 1920 Of or pertaining to an (intelligent) being or beings from another planet; that derives from another world.
alien life form (n.) antedating 1937 Arthur K. Barnes, Thrilling Wonder Stories a living being of extraterrestrial origin
android (n.) antedating 1727 From the Chambers Cyclopedia a robot or other artificial being made to resemble a human.
ansible (n.) antedating 1966 LeGuin, Rocannon's World an instantaneous communication device, not limited by the speed of light.
antigrav (n.) antedating 1941 Theodore Sturgeon,'The Artnan Process' short form of anti-gravity
anti-gravitation (n.) antedating 1930 T. Wolf, Can Man Free Himself From Gravity a hypothetical force opposed to gravity
anti-gravitational (adj.) antedating 1900 George Griffiths, A Visit to the Moon
antigravity (n.) antedating 1932 J.M Walsh, a hypothetical force opposed to that of gravity
antigravity (adj.) antedating 1896 George Parsons Lathrop &Thomas A. Edison, "In the Deep of Time" pertaining to something that negates or cancels the effect of gravity
antimatter (n.) antedating 1953 Science News Letters matter composed of antiparticles
anywhen (n.) antedating 1941 Robert A. Heinlein, Elsewhen
areographer (n.) antedating 1880 one who maps or studies the planet Mars
areography (n.) antedating 1868 R.A. Proctor, Lands and Seas of Another World the study or mapping of the planet Mars
areologic (adj.) antedating 1993 G. Bear 'Moving Mars' = areological
areological (adj.) antedating 1932 J. Williamson & L. Schwartzman 'Red Slag of Mars' of, pertaining to, or derived from areology; such as is described, investigated, or ascertained by areology
areologist (n.) antedating 1976 in Frederik Pohl's "Man Plus" a geologist specializing in Martian geology
areology (n.) antedating 1868 "The Planet of War", in Littell's Living Age the study of the planet Mars (analogous to geology for the Earth)
artificial gravity (n.) antedating 1930 Olaf Stapledon
artificial intelligence (n.) antedating 1956 Marvin Minsky, ' Heuristic Aspects of Artificial Intelligence Probl. ' The design and study of computer programs intended to show intelligent behaviour
asteroid belt (n.) antedating 1877 The Manufacturer and Builder" the toroidal region of space around a star in which most asteroid orbits occur.
asteroid field (n.) antedating 1980 a region of space in which there is a high density of asteroids; cf. asteroid belt
astrobiology (n.) antedating 1941 Astronomical Society of the Pacific leaflet #143 a branch of biology concerned with the discovery or study of life on the celestial bodies
astroengineering (n.) antedating 1971 in Nature, in a alien-life-in-outer-space context
astrogate (v.) antedating 1941 R.A. Heinlein, 'Common Sense' to navigate in space
astrogation (n.) antedating 1931 D. Lasser, Conquest of Space the act of navigation in space
astrogational (adj.) antedating 1940 Malcolm Jameson, "Quicksands of Youthwardness" of navigation in space
astrogator (n.) antedating 1931 David Lasser, "the Conquest of Space" one who practices astrogation
astronavigation (n.) antedating 1935 ALexander M, Phillips, Martian Gesture = astrogation
astronavigator (n.) antedating 1941 Eric Frank Russell, 'Jay Score' = astrogator (also astro-navigator)
atomic (adj.) antedating 1914 H.G. Wells. 'The World Set Free' In the SF sense, using the energy within the atomic nucleus.
atomics (n.) antedating 1919 the science of atoms and atomic energy
avatar (n.) antedating 1986 a VR representation of a person
avian (n.) antedating 1948 William Tenn, 'The Ionian Cycle' a bird-like living creature (but not a bird)
avian (adj.) antedating 1931 Olaf Stapledon, "Last and First Men" bird-like
beam (v.) antedating 1951 Samuel A. Peeples, David A. Kyle, and Martin Greenberg, 'A Dictionary of Science Fiction' to travel through space as if along a beam of light or energy; to transport (someone or something) in this manner
beanstalk (n.) any evidence 1982 Robert A. Heinlein, 'Friday' a space elevator
Belter (n.) antedating 1966 Larry Niven, 'The Warriors' one who is born/lives in an asteroid belt
bionic (adj.) antedating 1963 IEEE Trans, Military Electronics of or pertaining to bionics; having or being an artificial, esp. electromechanical, device that replaces part of the body; having ordinary human capabilities increased (as if) by the aid of such devices.
biotechnician (n.) antedating 1951 Poul Anderson, 'Inside Earth"
blaster (n.) antedating 1925 Nictzin Dyalhis, When the Green Star Waned weapon that emits a destructive blast
blast-off (n.) antedating 1937 Arthur Leo Zagat, 'The Cavern of the Shining Pool' the initial thrust required to launch a rocket or the like into space; the launching of the rocket itself
blast off (v.) antedating 1937 E.E. Smith, 'Galactic Patrol' to take off in a rocket
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