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sub-creation - world-building

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sub-creation (n.) 1947 J.R.R. Tolkien, 'On Fairy-Stories' the process of inventing an imaginary or secondary world, different from the primary world but internally consistent
sub-creator (n.) 1947 J.R.R. Tolkien, 'On Fairy-Stories' one who engages in sub-creation
subgenre (n.) antedating 1961 M. Moorcock in Amra a style or category (of fiction, film, etc.) that is a sub-set of another genre
sword and sorcery (n.) antedating 1961 Fritz Leiber in Ancalagon a subgenre of fantasy which describes the adventures of larger-than-life heroes or heroines in bronze-age or medieval settings, and especially their battles with magical or supernatural foes
swords and sandals (n.) antedating 1978 Alan Frank, 'Sci-Fi Now' a genre of films set in the ancient world
technothriller (n.) antedating 1986 in the Washington Post a thriller which employs science fictional technology or gadgetry
tie-in (n.) antedating 1962 in Publisher's Weekly a book, film, or the like published to take advantage of the appearance of the same work in another medium
uchronia (n.) antedating 1986 Gordon B. Chamberlain, 'Allohistory in Science Fiction' alternate history
uchronian (adj.) antedating 1986 Gordon B. Chamberlain, 'Allohistory in Science Fiction' of uchronias
uchronic (adj.) antedating 1991 in Locus of uchronias
uncyberpunkish (adj.) antedating 1990 Ken Rolston in Dragon Magazine not characteristic of cyberpunk
universe (n.) antedating 1970 P. Schuyler Miller in Analog a fictional setting
urban fantasy (n.) antedating 1987 in the Washington Post a genre of fantasy that uses a city as its primary setting; a work in this genre
utopia (n.) antedating 1613 Samuel Purchas, 'Pilgrimage' a place, state, or condition ideally perfect in respect of politics, laws, customs, and conditions
utopian (n.) antedating 1873 Lytton in Life one who conceives, proposes, or introduces schemes supposed or intended to bring about improved or perfect social and political conditions, etc.; an advocate of social reform
utopian (adj.) antedating 1613 Samuel Purchas, 'Pilgrimage' possessing or regarded as having impossibly or extravagantly ideal conditions in respect of politics, customs, social organization, etc.
utopic (adj.) antedating 1953 Bernard Wolfe, 'Limbo' that embodies or proposes utopian ideals
-verse (n.) antedating 1997 in Entertainment Weekly suffix designating a fictional universe
weird (n.) antedating 1947 in Startling Stories that which is weird (in the sense of supernatural or fantastic)
weird (adj.) antedating 1934 in Astounding Stories describing supernatural horror (often in "weird fiction," "weird tale," etc.)
worldbuilder (n.) antedating 1884 James Tait, 'Mind in Matter' a writer who engages in world-building
world-building (n.) antedating 1920 A.S. Eddington, 'Space, Time and Gravitation' the creation of fictional planets and their geology, geography, biology, etc., often including the history and culture of their inhabitants
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