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groundcar (n.) antedating 1937 E.E. Smith, "Galactic Patrol" a car incapable of flight (in contrast with 'aircar')
teleport (v.) antedating 1932 C. Fort 'Wild Talents' to convey oneself or some thing by teleportation
outworlder (n.) antedating 1934 H. Bates 'A Matter of Size' a person or being from another world or planet, or away from the native world; an alien; an outsider
timescape (n.) antedating 1980 1977 brand for Pocket Books set of events in time considered notionally as a vista or prospect
empath (n.) antedating 1956 J.T. McIntosh, Empath one with the empathic ability to sense others' emotions.
timestream (n.) antedating 1931 'J. Taine' 'The Time Stream' the sequence of events in time considered notionally as a flow capable of being altered to form different timelines
disruptor (n.) antedating 1931 Schachner & Zagat 'The Emperor of the Stars' A weapon that causes disruption to some structure or function of its target, such as an object's interatomic bonds, or a person's neural function.
first contact (n.) antedating 1935 Murray Leinster, Proxima Centauri The first meeting between two different intelligent species
fresher (n.) antedating 1940 Robert A. Heinlein, Coventry something like a bathroom; it is a contraction of "refresher", and is usually spelled with an initial apostrophe: 'fresher.
Clarke's First Law (n.) antedating 1962 Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong."
Clarke's Second Law (n.) antedating 1962 Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future "The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible."
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
tanstaafl (n.) antedating 1966 R. Heinlein 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress' interjection asserting that there is a cost, hidden or otherwise to everything
holodeck (n.) antedating 1987 David Gerrold, "Encounter at Farpoint" a computer controlled artificial physical environment (Star Trek)
teleport (v.) antedating 1944 I. Asimov 'Foundation' to apparently instantaneous transport persons, etc., across space by advanced technological means
planetside (adv.) antedating 1955 P. J. Farmer 'Father' on or onto the surface of a planet
planetary engineer (n.) antedating 1932 J. Williamson 'The Electron Flame' one who does planetary engineering
Luna City (n.) antedating 1939 Robert A. Heinlein, Misfit the main city on Earth's moon.
bot (n.) antedating 1969 in Richard Meredith's "We All Died at Breakaway Station" an abbreviation for "robot", often spelled "'bot".
mass-driver (n.) antedating 1975 G. K. O'Neill, Future Space Programs an electromagnetically driven launching system, proposed as a method of propelling objects into space or over long distances
tri-D (n.) antedating 1951 D. Knight 'Don't Live in the Past' a device capable of transmitting or displaying a three dimensional image
extraterrestrial (adj.) antedating 1868 existing or originating outside the earth or its atmosphere.
extraterrestrial (n.) antedating 1942 Martin Pearson, The Embassy a creature not from Earth
holovision (n.) antedating 1968 three-dimensional television
holocam (n.) antedating 1968 John Brunner, "Stand on Zanzibar" a camera for taking three-dimesnsional holographic pictures. Looking for both 'holocam' and 'holocamera'
time travel (v.) antedating 1941 Ross Rocklynne, 'Time Wants a Skeleton' to travel through time
vibroblade (n.) antedating 1940 R. A. Heinlein 'If This Goes On--' a fictitious weapon/tool: a knife with a blade which vibrates rapidly to increase its ability to cut
teleport (n.) antedating 1944 H. Walton 'Boomerang' a mechanism that can perform teleportation
teleporting (n.) antedating 1949 J. Schmitz 'The Witches of Karres' the action of teleporting
teleporting (adj.) antedating 1949 J. Schmitz 'The Witches of Karres'
posthuman (n.) antedating 1985 B. Sterling 'Schismatrix' a descendant of humans who is sufficiently different from present-day humans in form or capabilities to be regarded as a new species or otherwise fundamentally different from present-day humans
time-traveling (adj.) antedating 1871 Swinburne 'Songs before Sunrise' that travels through time
space cadet (n.) antedating 1948 R. Heinlein 'Space Cadet' a trainee spaceman
uplifting (n.) antedating 1989 D. Brin 'Sundiver' the act or process of uplifting a species
cyborged (adj.) antedating 1976 John Varley, Bagatelle made into a cyborg
aircar (n.) antedating 1871 New York Times, 1871 = aerocar
cyborg (v.) antedating 1976 John Varley, Bagatelle to make into a cyborg
go nova (v.) antedating 1942 (of a star) to become a nova; (more generally, of a star, planet, etc.) to explode.
nova (v.) antedating 1949 in Robert Heinlein, in "Astounding" transitively: to cause to become a nova; to destroy (a star, planet, etc.). Also intr.: (of a star) to become a nova; (more generally, of a star, planet, etc.) to explode.
nova (v.) antedating 1949 Robert A. Heinlein, Gulf to make something go nova
tri-v (n.) antedating 1956 A. Nourse 'Brightside Crossing' a device capable of transmitting or displaying a three dimensional image
sublight (adj.) antedating 1950 J. D. MacDonald 'Shadow on the Sand' below the speed of light
planetside (adj.) antedating 1956 D. Knight 'Stranger Station' occurring on the surface of a planet
sublight (n.) antedating 1976 J. Chalker 'A Jungle of Stars' speeds below light-speed
empathic (adj.) antedating 1959 having the ability of empathy (in the SF sense)
shapechanging (n.) antedating 1964 H. R. Ellis Davidson 'Gods and Myths of Northern Europe' the act of or ability to shapechange
shapechange (v.) antedating 1988 T. Brooks 'The Wishsong of Shannara' to change shape, by an imagined natural capability, and adopt the form and sometimes abilities of an animal or other being
sublight (adv.) antedating 1966 P. Anderson 'A Sun Invisible' at a speed below light-speed
skyhook (n.) antedating 1915 in Aeroplane 10 Mar. an imaginary contrivance for attachment to the sky.
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