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AI (n.) antedating 1963 Artificial Intelligence Project, MIT abbrev. for artificial intelligence, the science of producing computer programs capable of 'intelligent' behaviour
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
antigrav (n.) antedating 1941 Theodore Sturgeon,'The Artnan Process' short form of anti-gravity
android (n.) antedating 1727 From the Chambers Cyclopedia a robot or other artificial being made to resemble a human.
asteroid belt (n.) antedating 1877 The Manufacturer and Builder" the toroidal region of space around a star in which most asteroid orbits occur.
earthlike (adj.) antedating 1928 E.E. Smith, The Skylark of Space like the Earth
ansible (n.) antedating 1966 LeGuin, Rocannon's World an instantaneous communication device, not limited by the speed of light.
generation ship (n.) antedating 1955 E.C. Tubb, 'Star Ship' = generation starship; also 'generation spaceship'
hyperspace (n.) antedating 1928 Kirk Meadowcroft, "The Invisible Bubble" a hypothetical realm existing alongside our own; a parallel universe
neutronium (n.) antedating 1930 E.E. 'Doc' Smith, ''Skylark Three a material composed entirely of neutrons
off-world (adj.) antedating 1950 Bernard I Kahn, A Pinch of Culture of or relating to another world; originating from or located in a place outside one's native world or planet
antigravity (n.) antedating 1932 J.M Walsh, a hypothetical force opposed to that of gravity
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.
antimatter (n.) antedating 1953 Science News Letters matter composed of antiparticles
star-ship (n.) antedating 1926 Raymond Quiex, "The War in Space" a spaceship capable of interstellar travel
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
astrogator (n.) antedating 1931 David Lasser, "the Conquest of Space" one who practices astrogation
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
blaster (n.) antedating 1925 Nictzin Dyalhis, When the Green Star Waned weapon that emits a destructive blast
light sail (n.) antedating 1963 Cordwainer Smith: Think Blue, Count Two A spacecraft propulsion system using a vast reflective sail to harness the radiation pressure of light.
corpsicle (n.) antedating 1966 a corpse, cryogenically preserved in hope of future revival.
spaceport (n.) antedating 1930 M. Breuer & J. Williamson 'The Birth of a New Republic' a base from which spacecraft are launched; (in fiction) a base at which spaceships take off and land
credit (n.) antedating 1937 E.E. Smith, "Galactic Patrol" a unit of money, currency
spacer (n.) antedating 1940 =spaceman
spacer (n.) antedating 1941 'S.D. Gottesman', 'Dead Center' =spaceship
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.
skyhook (n.) antedating 1966 J. D. Isaacs et al. 'Satellite Elongation into a True 'Sky-Hook'' an orbital tower or other launch device
ftl (adj.) antedating 1950 abbreviation for faster than light
homeworld (n.) antedating 1900 George Griffiths, A Honeymoon in Space The world on which an individual was born, or on which a species originated
Earth-type (adj.) antedating 1941 Robert A. Heinlein, Methuselah's Children 'like the planet Earth', usually in the phrase 'an earth-type planet'
esper (n.) antedating 1942 E.E. Smith, "Storm Cloud on Deka" a person with extrasensory powers
tri-D (n.) antedating 1951 D. Knight 'Don't Live in the Past' a device capable of transmitting or displaying a three dimensional image
aircar (n.) antedating 1871 New York Times, 1871 = aerocar
skyhook (n.) antedating 1915 in Aeroplane 10 Mar. an imaginary contrivance for attachment to the sky.
force field (n.) antedating 1931 E.E. Smith, Spacehounds of IPC a field of force that acts as an invisible barrier.
skyhook (n.) antedating 1935 Meier & Lindbergh in Sci. Monthly (N.Y.) Jan. 5 a hook on an aircraft or spaceship capable of lifting burdens
skyhook (n.) antedating 1956 H. Goodwin 'The Science Book of Space Travel' an orbiting space platform
drone (n.) antedating 1967 Mike Hodous' 'Dead End' a robot
holo (n.) antedating 1970 Larry Niven, Ringworld a three-dimensional image, or device for displaying such images; contraction of "hologram"
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
hive-mind (n.) antedating 1950 James Schmitz, "Second Night of Summer" =group mind
lightspeed (n.) antedating 1912 anonymous, in Frederick (Maryland) Post , 'Measuring light speed' the speed of light
suit (n.) antedating 1928 E. E. Smith 'The Skylark of Space' =spacesuit
humanoid (n.) antedating 1940 Isaac Asimov, Homo Sol A non-human being that has a human-like bodily form
timeline (n.) antedating 1942 M. Jameson 'Anachron, Inc.' one of a set of possible future or past events
jump (n.) antedating 1945 Isaac Asimov, "Escape" a journey through hyperspace; any instantaneous (long-distance) travel
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