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planetless (adj.) antedating 1817 Shelley 'Rev. Islam' void of planets
Saturnian (n.) antedating 1738 Gentl. Mag. VIII. an inhabitant of Saturn
vacuum-suited (adj.) antedating 1947 R. Abernathy 'Failure on Titan' wearing a vacuum suit
ultraphone (n.) any evidence 1934 E.E. Smith, 'Skylark of Valeron' a fictitious communications device that transmits messages faster than light
videophone (n.) antedating 1945 A. E. van Vogt 'World of Null-A' a telephone incorporating a television screen on which the other person may be seen speaking
videophone (v.) antedating 1951 C. L. Moore 'No Woman Born' to call or speak to someone via videophone
hovercar (n.) antedating 1959 in The Progress a car that utilizes an air-cushion as a means of support
space flight (n.) antedating 1931 in Wonder Stories January a journey or travel through space
space suit (n.) antedating 1932 John W. Campbell, Jr. 'The Electronic Siege' also "space-suit"; a garment designed to protect the wearer against the conditions of space.
little green man (n.) antedating 1946 an imaginary inhabitant of outer space; an imaginary person of peculiar appearance
reaction drive (n.) antedating 1949 T. Sturgeon 'Minority Report' a spaceship drive
commlink (n.) antedating 1977 Alan Dean Foster, Star wars (novelization) a communication link; a communication device. Also spelled 'comlink' and 'comm link'.
mag- (n.) antedating 1943 Ray Bradbury, 'King of The Gray Spaces' a prefix indicating magnetism; e.g. mag-boots
spaceway (n.) antedating 1933 C. L. Moore 'Shambleau' an established route through space
genetic engineering (n.) antedating 1949 the science of deliberate modifications of the genetic makeup of living beings.
anywhen (n.) antedating 1941 Robert A. Heinlein, Elsewhen
Tardis (n.) antedating 1985 in Christian Science Monitor 30 Apr. In allusive use. Something resembling or likened to Doctor Who's TARDIS; spec.: (a) a thing which has a larger capacity than its outward appearance suggests; a building, etc., that is larger on the inside than it appears from the outside; (b) a thing seemingly from another time (past or future).
anti-gravitational (adj.) antedating 1900 George Griffiths, A Visit to the Moon
visiplate (n.) antedating 1930 E.E. 'Doc' Smith, 'Skylark Three' a screen capable of displaying a visual image
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 Third Law (n.) antedating 1968 Arthur C. Clarke, letter to Science "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
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."
areography (n.) antedating 1868 R.A. Proctor, Lands and Seas of Another World the study or mapping of the planet Mars
nova bomb (n.) antedating 1953 Robert A. Heinlein, Gulf an extremely powerful nuclear bomb
avian (n.) antedating 1948 William Tenn, 'The Ionian Cycle' a bird-like living creature (but not a bird)
sublight (n.) antedating 1976 J. Chalker 'A Jungle of Stars' speeds below light-speed
jumpspace (n.) antedating 1961 Harry Harrison, hyperspace; the space in which ships move during a jump.
needle-ray (n.) antedating 1934 E.E. Smith, 'The Skylark of Valeron' =needle-beam
jumpship (n.) antedating 1957 'Rose Sharon', "The Lady Was a Tramp" a spaceship that makes interstellar jumps.
unsuit (v.) antedating 1964 P. J. Farmer 'Tongues of the Moon' to remove a spacesuit
tridee (n.) antedating 1961 A. Norton 'Star Hunter' a device capable of transmitting or displaying a three dimensional image
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
earthwoman (n.) antedating 1934 Frank K. Kelly, 'Famine on Mars' a woman living on or from this planet
space scientist (n.) antedating 1951 Los Angeles Times a scientist who studies outer space
pseudogravity (n.) antedating 1941 Robert A. Heinlein, 'Common Sense'
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
spacewards (adv.) antedating 1937 P.E. Cleator, 'Spaceward' towards space; away from the local planet
Terrestrial (n.) antedating 1925 Hugo Gernsback, 'Ralph 124 C 41 +' an inhabitant of earth, an Earthling
home star (n.) antedating 1939 Clifford Simak, "The Cosmic Engineers" the star which the homeworld orbits.
light-week (n.) antedating 1934 E.E. Smith, 'Skylark of Valeron' the distance light travels in one week
space-conquest (n.) antedating 1942 'Martin Pearson', "The Embassy" the conquest of territory in outer space, in other solar systems or on other planets
space-going (adj.) antedating 1944 'Sgt. Gerald Vance', "Double Cross on Mars" space-travelling
space exploration (n.) antedating 1949 'Rene LaFayette' 'Forbidden Voyage' the exploration of space
spacewards (adj.) antedating 1941 C. Simak 'Masquerade' towards space; away from the local planet
porthole (n.) antedating 1925 W. Elwyn Backus 'The Waning of a World' a porthole in a spacecraft or aircraft
Solarian (n.) antedating 1930 John W. Campbell, Jr., 'The Black Star Passes' an inhabitant of the Earth's solar system
port (n.) antedating 1939 G. Giles 'Flight of the Starshell' a spaceport
moon flight (n.) antedating 1942 Carol Grey (Robert Lowndes), "The Leapers" flight to the Moon
solar system (n.) antedating 1887 M. Corelli 'A Romance of Two Worlds' a system of one or more stars, possibly with accompanying planets
space tan (n.) antedating 1942 Will Stewart (Jack Williamson), 'Collision Orbit' A tan caused by being in space, exposed to the light of suns unfiltered by planetary atmospheres
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