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Word Cite needed Description
mutie (n.) antedating 1941 Robert A. Heinlein, 'Universe' mutant
off-planet (adj.) antedating 1945 M. Jameson 'Lilies of Life' originating on another planet; located away from a particular planet
off-world (n.) antedating 1987 a place away from earth, or a particular planet or world regarded as the native world; another world or planet
offworlder (n.) antedating 1957 A. Norton 'Star Born' a person or being from another planet; an alien
orbital tower (n.) antedating 1975 J. Pearson 'Acta Astron.' a structure linking a planet, moon, etc., with a space station or satellite which is in stationary orbit around it
outer space (n.) antedating 1842 E. S. Wortley 'Maiden of Moscow' the region of space beyond the earth's atmosphere or beyond the solar system. In extended use: a place or region beyond the usual limits of awareness or accessibility
overdrive (n.) antedating 1945 'M. Leinster' 'First Contact' = hyperdrive
parallel universe (n.) antedating 1923 H.G Wells, Men Like Gods A universe in which physical laws or historical events are different to our own
parallel world (n.) antedating 1931 Benson Herbert, The World Within A world like our own, but which has diffeences in history or physical laws to our won.
phaser (n.) antedating 1966 G. Roddenberry in letter a (usu. hand-held) weapon incorporating a laser beam whose "phase" can supposedly be altered to create different effects (such as stunning, annihilation, etc.) on the target. Orig. from the U.S. television series Star Trek.
planetary engineering (n.) antedating 1936 Jack Williamson 'The Cometeers' large-scale modification of an entire planet.
positronic (adj.) antedating 1941 I. Asimov 'Reason' related to or designed to use positrons
pressor beam (n.) antedating 1931 a device that emits a beam that causes the target to be impelled away from the source of the beam; also the beam itself
psionic (adj.) antedating 1951 J. Williamson 'The Peddler's Nose' pertaining to or involving psi
psionics (n.) antedating 1951 J. Williamson 'The Greatest Invention' (the study of) the paranormal
psi (n.) antedating 1942 R. H. Thouless in Proc. Soc. Psychical Res. paranormal phenomena or faculties collectively; the psychic force supposed to be manifested by these
psychohistory (n.) antedating 1942 I. Asimov in Astounding Sci. Fiction June the theory that the history of large populations is statistically predictable, based on psychological theories of human and social behaviour; science based on this theory
raise (v.) antedating 1941 F.H.Hardart, 'The Beast of Space' (of a spaceship) to lift off a planet
robotics (n.) antedating 1941 Isaac Asimov in Astounding Sci. Fiction May
rocket-ship (n.) antedating 1925 H. Scheffauer in The New York Times a spaceship powered by rockets
shapeshift (v.) antedating 1986 S. Dexter 'The Mountains of Channadran' to change shape, by an imagined natural capability, and adopt the form and sometimes abilities of an animal or other being
shapeshifter (n.) antedating 1967 A. Garner 'The Weirdstone of Brisingamen' one who shapeshifts
shield (n.) antedating 1930 in Doc Smith's "Skylark Three" a force field defence
shuttlecraft (n.) antedating 1967 E. Hamilton 'The Weapon From Beyond' a small spacecraft designed for ferrying freight or humans between a planetary surface and a spaceship in orbit
space sick (adj.) antedating 1929 H. Gernsback 'Ralph 124C41+' suffering from spacesickness
spacesickness (n.) antedating 1926 G. C. Wallis and B. Wallis 'The Star Shell' sickness caused by the effects of space flight
space warp (n.) antedating 1935 N. Schachner 'The Son of Redmask' an imaginary distortion of space-time that is conceived as enabling space travellers to make journeys that would otherwise be contrary to the known laws of nature
spaceworthy (adj.) antedating 1931 E. E. Smith 'Spacehounds of IPC' fit for space travel
stunner (n.) antedating 1941 C. M. Kornbluth 'Fire-Power' a gun that fires shot which stuns without causing serious injury
Terra (n.) antedating 1873 R. Payne Smith, 'Science and Revelation' the planet Earth
terraform (v.) antedating 1942 Jack Williamson, "Collision Orbit" To transform (an environment or planet) by terraforming
terraforming (n.) antedating 1942 Jack Williamson in Astounding The process of transforming a planet into one sufficiently similar to the earth to support terrestrial life.
terran (adj.) antedating 1881 W. D. Hay 'Three Hundred Years Hence' of or pertaining to the planet Earth or its inhabitants
Terran (n.) antedating 1946 G. O. Smith 'Pattern for Conquest' an inhabitant of the planet Earth
time travel (n.) antedating 1914 W. Pitkin in 'The Journal of Philosophy and Scientific Methods' the imagined activity of travelling into the past or future, hypothetical movement through time
tractor beam (n.) antedating 1931 E. E. 'Doc' Smith 'Spacehounds of IPC' a device that emits a beam that causes the target to be impelled toward the source of the beam; also the beam itself
UFO (n.) antedating 1953 D. E. Keyhoe in 'Air Line Pilot' Oct. an unidentified flying object; a ‘flying saucer’
ultraphone (n.) any evidence 1934 E.E. Smith, 'Skylark of Valeron' a fictitious communications device that transmits messages faster than light
Venusian (adj.) antedating 1874 A. Blair 'Annals 29th Century' pertaining to Venus
Venusian (n.) antedating 1874 A. Blair 'Annals 29th Century' a supposed inhabitant of the planet Venus; also, the language spoken by such a being
Jovian (n.) antedating 1873 R. Payne Smith, 'Science and Revelation' a (presumed) inhabitant of the planet Jupiter
zero-g (n.) antedating 1952 1952 A. C. Clarke 'Islands in the Sky' = zero gravity
cryogenics (n.) antedating 1937 the science of low temperatures (originally the science of creating low temperatures)
cryonics (n.) antedating 1966 Advertisement, Galaxy magazine the practice or technique of deep-freezing the bodies of people who have died, usu. of an incurable disease, with the aim of reviving them once a cure has been found.
Lunarian (n.) antedating 1708 an inhabitant of Earth's moon
moon rocket (n.) antedating 1921 Scientific American, That Moon-Rocket Proposition a rocket intended to travel to the Moon
space elevator (n.) antedating 1975 A. C. Clarke 'Future Space Programs' =orbital tower
space habitat (n.) antedating 1977 a structure in space which has the conditions necessary for humans to liveM
wormhole (n.) antedating 1957 1957 Misner and Wheeler in 'Ann. Physics II' a hypothetical interconnection between widely separated regions of space-time
superpower (n.) antedating 1945 in Supersnipe Comics Vol. 2, #8 an ability beyond what is human
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