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space tug (n.) antedating 1942 E. F. Russell 'Describe A Circle' a spacecraft designed to move other vessels or tug heavy freight
earthian (n.) any evidence 1943 Clifford Simak, "Hunch" the language spoken on Earth
star lanes (n.) antedating July 1943 Astounding Science Fiction
offworld (adv.) antedating 1943 C.L. Moore, 'Judgment Night' away from earth, or any place treated within a given fictional context as the native world; on or towards another world or planet
hulled (adj.) antedating 1941 Leigh Brackett, 'Retreat to the Stars' used of a spaceship whose hull has been penetrated
gee (n.) antedating 1951 Poul Anderson, "Tiger by the Tail," in Planet Stories an Earth-standard acceleration
future history (n.) antedating 1937 in Thrilling Wonder Stories a fictional, self-contained, consistent, chronological framework (esp. realized across a body of work); (also) the subgenre of science fiction that uses such a framework
AI (n.) antedating 1963 Artificial Intelligence Project, MIT abbrev. for artificial intelligence, the science of producing computer programs capable of 'intelligent' behaviour
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.
antigravity (n.) antedating 1932 J.M Walsh, a hypothetical force opposed to that of gravity
antimatter (n.) antedating 1953 Science News Letters matter composed of antiparticles
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
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
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.
blaster (n.) antedating 1925 Nictzin Dyalhis, When the Green Star Waned weapon that emits a destructive blast
Clarke belt (n.) antedating 1984 named after Arthur C. Clarke, the ring-shaped region around the earth containing all possible geostationary orbits
Clarke ring (n.) antedating 1984 a ring-shaped hypothetical structure surrounding a planet, every part of which is in a Clarke orbit so that it appears, from the planet, to be stationary in the sky.
corpsicle (n.) antedating 1966 a corpse, cryogenically preserved in hope of future revival.
cruiser (n.) antedating 1923 Edgar Rice Burroughs, A Princess of Mars
cyberspace (n.) antedating 1982 WIlliam Gibson the notional environment within which electronic communication occurs, esp. when represented as the inside of a computer system; space perceived as such by an observer but generated by a computer system and having no real existence; the space of virtual reality.
dirtside (adj.) antedating 1953 Heinlein, "Starman Jones" on the surface of a planet (as opposed to in space)
earthlike (adj.) antedating 1928 E.E. Smith, The Skylark of Space like the Earth
Earth-type (adj.) antedating 1941 Robert A. Heinlein, Methuselah's Children 'like the planet Earth', usually in the phrase 'an earth-type planet'
earthman (n.) antedating 1913 Reinhard A. Wetzel, The New Relativity in Physics human living on or from this planet
ftl (adj.) antedating 1950 abbreviation for faster than light
force field (n.) antedating 1931 E.E. Smith, Spacehounds of IPC a field of force that acts as an invisible barrier.
gas giant (n.) antedating 1952 James Blish, 'Solar Plexus' a large planet composed mostly of gaseous material thought to surround a solid core; spec. each of the four largest planets in the solar system (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune)
gate (n.) antedating 1931 Jack Williamson's 'Through the Purple Cloud' a matter transmission device, esp. a device that delineates an area through which one passes in order to travel to another location
generation ship (n.) antedating 1955 E.C. Tubb, 'Star Ship' = generation starship; also 'generation spaceship'
gyro (n.) antedating 1936 a flying machine (from "autogiro")
hive-mind (n.) antedating 1950 James Schmitz, "Second Night of Summer" =group mind
humanoid (n.) antedating 1940 Isaac Asimov, Homo Sol A non-human being that has a human-like bodily form
hyperdrive (n.) antedating 1949 Startling Stories a spaceship drive that enables travel faster than the speed of light.
inner space (n.) antedating 1958 the human mind (as a metaphorical contrat to "outer space")
jack in (v.) antedating 1970 connect to a computer
jump (n.) antedating 1945 Isaac Asimov, "Escape" a journey through hyperspace; any instantaneous (long-distance) travel
jump (v.) antedating 1952 Isaac Asimov, "The Currents of Space" to journey through hyperspace; to engage in any instantaneous (long-distance) travel
matrix (n.) antedating 1976 = cyberspace
mindfood (n.) antedating 1986 R. Pelton 'Mind Food and Smart Pills' a substance taken as food or drink containing chemicals which increase one's mental ability
mindlink (n.) antedating 1970 Keith Laumer, 'The House in November' a telepathic meeting of minds; also in extended use; cf. mind-meld.
mindmeld (n.) antedating 1968 Star Trek a (supposed) technique for the psychic fusion of two or more minds, permitting unrestricted communication or deep understanding; the act or an instance of doing this
mindmelding (n.) antedating 1968 the action of a mindmeld
multiverse (n.) antedating 1963 M. Moorcock in Sci. Fiction Adventures a hypothetical space or realm of being consisting of a number of universes, of which our own universe is only one
mindmeld (v.) antedating 1979 to engage in a mindmeld (with)
mutant (n.) antedating 1938 Spencer Lane, 'Niedbalski's Mutant' a human imagined as having arisen by genetic mutation, esp. one with freakish or grossly abnormal anatomy, abilities, etc.
mutation (n.) antedating 1931 Edmond Hamilton an organism which has arisen by genetic mutation; a mutant
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