Science Fiction Citations

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Word Cite needed Description
torch (n.) antedating 1950 R. Heinlein, 'Farmer in the Sky' =torch drive
subspace (n.) antedating 1937 Nat Schachner/Jack Williamson a physical space in which motion and communication are supposed to occur free of their usual limitations, or subject to different laws
dimensional (adj.) antedating 1928 Kirk Meadowcroft, 'The Invisible Bubble"' in the sf sense of 'dimension'
hyperspace (n.) antedating 1928 Kirk Meadowcroft, "The Invisible Bubble" a hypothetical realm existing alongside our own; a parallel universe
space shuttle (n.) antedating 1950 Norman Menasco, "Trigger Tide"
shuttle (n.) antedating 1950 in Theodore Sturgeon's "The Stars are the Styx" a space shuttle
faster than light (adv.) antedating 1936 Clemence Dane (pseudonym of Winifred Ashton), 'American Fairy Tales.' at a speed faster than that of light
humanoid (adj.) antedating 1944 Isaac Asimov 'Evidence' of a robot or alien that is of human form
starfarer (n.) antedating 1961 R.A. Lafferty, "The Weirdest World" an interstellar traveler
laser pistol (n.) antedating 1963 Fred Saberhagen, "Goodlife" a hand weapon of similar size to a pistol that fires a laser
galactic (n.) antedating 1961 Lloyd Biggle Jr., "Monument" a language commonly spoken throughout the galaxy
star system (n.) antedating 1914 J. R. Kippax 'The Call of the Stars' =solar system
homeworld (n.) antedating 1900 George Griffiths, A Honeymoon in Space The world on which an individual was born, or on which a species originated
Sol (n.) antedating 1929 L. F. Stone 'Out of the Void' the sun as a star, rather than as a personification
viewscreen (n.) antedating 1932 John W. Campbell Jr., "Invaders From the Infinite" a television or similar display screen for viewing images
space drive (n.) antedating 1932 John W. Campbell, Jr; 'The Electronic Siege' a mechanism for propelling a spaceship
matter transporter (n.) any evidence 1987 Suzette Haden Elgin,'The Judas Rose' =matter transmitter
light-hour (n.) antedating 1920 Eliot Q. Adams, "A More Nearly Rational System of Units" the distance light travels in one hour
light-second (n.) antedating 1915 W.T. Bovie, "The Action of Light on Protoplasm" the distance light travels in one second
warp drive (n.) antedating 1950 "Amazing Adventures" A fictitious device by which a spaceship is enabled to travel through space by means of a space warp
light-century (n.) antedating 1922 Harlow Shapley, "On the Significance of Recent Astronomical Discovery" the distance light travels in 100 years
xenologist (n.) antedating 1949 1949 L. S. de Camp 'The Animal-Cracker Plot' one who studies xenology
hobbitlike (adj.) any evidence 1964 J.R.R. Tolkien, letter to Naomi Mitchison like a hobbit
graser (n.) any evidence 1964 Wallace Cloud, "Science Newsfront" a device that produces a beam of gamma radiation, usually as an energy weapon. Acronym from gamma ray amplification by stimulated emission of radiation
generation starship (n.) antedating 1979 The Science Fiction Encyclopedia an interstellar spacecraft in which multiple generations of passengers are born live, and die before arrival at its destination.
gengineering (n.) antedating 1985 Edward Llewellyn, "The Lords of Creation" =genetic engineering
star-ship (n.) antedating 1926 Raymond Quiex, "The War in Space" a spaceship capable of interstellar travel
vibroknife (n.) antedating 1973 Alan Dean Foster, 'Bloodhype' =vibroblade also "vibraknife"
meteor storm (n.) antedating 1872 Richard Proctor, "Meteors and Shooting-stars" a particularly intense meteor shower, esp. occurring when the earth intercepts a meteor stream soon after the originating comet has passed
coreward (adj.) any evidence 1979 Marc Miller, 'Traveller' game handbook toward the center of the galaxy
metaverse (n.) antedating 1992 Neil Stephenson, Snow Crash a computer-generated environment within which users can interact with one another and their surroundings, a virtual world = cyberspace
shapechanging (adj.) antedating 1621 G. Sandys 'Ovid's Met. II.' pertaining to the act of or ability to shapechange
shapechange (n.) antedating 1965 Fritz Leiber, 'Monster Lovers' (editorial) an act or instance of shape-changing
gengineer (v.) antedating 1989 To produce, develop, or alter through genetic engineering
gengineer (n.) antedating 1987 Economist =genetic engineer
space liner (n.) antedating 1931 Jack Williamson, 'Twelve Hours to Live!' a large space ship which regularly carries passengers
intergalactic (adj.) antedating 1920 Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 2 1920 Situated between the galaxies; of, pertaining to, or occupying the regions between galaxies.
spacer (n.) antedating 1941 'S.D. Gottesman', 'Dead Center' =spaceship
gravitic (adj.) antedating 1935 "Don A. Stuart", 'Rebellion' relating to gravitics
interworld (adj.) antedating 1937 J.B. Walter, 'Scientifacts' between or occurring between planets
plasteel (n.) antedating 1955 Frank Herbert, 'Under Pressure' a material with some of the characteristics of steel, such as strength, but which is plastic or plastic-based
rocketeer (n.) antedating 1935 Benson Herbert, 'The Perfect World' someone who flies rockets or rocketships
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
uplifter (n.) any evidence 2007 John Scalzi, "The Ghost Brigades" one who carries out uplift
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
time warp (n.) antedating 1937 Oliver Saari, 'The Time Bender' a distortion of space-time that is conceived as causing or enabling a person to remain stationary in time or to travel backwards or forwards in time
space exploration (n.) antedating 1949 'Rene LaFayette' 'Forbidden Voyage' the exploration of space
superhero (n.) antedating 1937 Norman F Stanley, letter a person with superpowers who uses them to fight crime
sentience (n.) antedating 1937 Jack Williamson, 'Released Entropy' the condition of being sentient
mag- (n.) antedating 1943 Ray Bradbury, 'King of The Gray Spaces' a prefix indicating magnetism; e.g. mag-boots
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