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faster than light (adv.) antedating 1936 Clemence Dane (pseudonym of Winifred Ashton), 'American Fairy Tales.' at a speed faster than that of light
fembot (n.) antedating 1976 Fresno Bee (TV magazine) a robot resembling a woman in appearance. Also: a woman characterized as having robotic behavior or demeanor.
first contact (n.) antedating 1935 Murray Leinster, Proxima Centauri The first meeting between two different intelligent species
flame pistol (n.) antedating 1931 Harl Vincent, "Invisible Ships" a pistol that shoots flames
flash crowd (n.) any evidence
flitter (n.) antedating 1941 Edward E. Smith,'The Vortex Blaster' A small personal aircraft
floater (n.) antedating 1952 C.M Kornbluth, Make Mine Mars an airborne floating platform powered by e.g. antigravity
flying saucer (n.) antedating 1947 the fanciful name given to various unidentified disc- or saucer-shaped objects reported as appearing in the sky;
force-beam (n.) antedating 1930 Edmond Hamilton, 'The Universe Wreckers' = tractor beam or pressor beam
force field (n.) antedating 1931 E.E. Smith, Spacehounds of IPC a field of force that acts as an invisible barrier.
force-screen (n.) antedating 1939 Frank Belknap Long, The Dweller in Outer Darkness force field
free fall (n.) antedating 1851 North American Review The state in which a body moves freely under the influence of gravity.
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.
ftl (adj.) antedating 1950 abbreviation for faster than light
ftl (adv.) antedating 1969 R. Meredith 'We All Died At Breakaway Station' at a speed faster than that of light
future history (n.) antedating 1937 in Thrilling Wonder Stories a fictional, self-contained, consistent, chronological framework (esp. realized across a body of work); (also) the subgenre of science fiction that uses such a framework
galactic (n.) antedating 1952 MIchael Shaara, 'All The Way Back' An inhabitant of the galaxy, or a member of a galaxy-wide civilization
galactic (n.) antedating 1961 Lloyd Biggle Jr., "Monument" a language commonly spoken throughout the galaxy
galactographer (n.) antedating 1965 Edmond Hamilton, "Return to the Stars" one who maps the physical structure of galaxies.
galactographic (adj.) antedating 1950 Isaac Asimov, "Second foundation" of the mapping of galaxies
galactography (n.) antedating 1950 Isaac Asimov, 'Second Foundation' the science of mapping galaxies
galaxy-wide (adj.) antedating 1940 Isaac Asimov, 'Homo Sol' extending across the galaxy
galaxy-wide (adv.) antedating 1965 Keith Laumer, 'Retief's War'
gas giant (n.) antedating 1952 James Blish, 'Solar Plexus' a large planet composed mostly of gaseous material thought to surround a solid core; spec. each of the four largest planets in the solar system (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune)
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
gateway (n.) antedating 1933 Harl Vincent, 'Wanderer of Infinity' a portal allowing travel or communication between dimensions, alternate universes, etc.
geas (n.) antedating 1921 James Branch Cabell, 'Figures of Earth' sense is a spell, or a magical compulsion
gee (n.) antedating 1951 Poul Anderson, "Tiger by the Tail," in Planet Stories an Earth-standard acceleration
gee (n.) any evidence 1949 Margaret St. Clair, 'The Sacred Martian Pig' an acceleration or gravitational force; a more general sense than the standard earth gravitational acceleration.
generation ship (n.) antedating 1955 E.C. Tubb, 'Star Ship' = generation starship; also 'generation spaceship'
generation starship (n.) antedating 1979 The Science Fiction Encyclopedia an interstellar spacecraft in which multiple generations of passengers are born live, and die before arrival at its destination.
genetically engineered (adj.) antedating 1973 produced by the process of genetic engineering.
genetic engineer (n.) antedating 1954 a scientist who works in the field of genetic engineering.
genetic engineering (n.) antedating 1949 the science of deliberate modifications of the genetic makeup of living beings.
gengineer (n.) antedating 1987 Economist =genetic engineer
gengineer (v.) antedating 1989 To produce, develop, or alter through genetic engineering
gengineering (n.) antedating 1985 Edward Llewellyn, "The Lords of Creation" =genetic engineering
glassite (n.) antedating 1931 Edmond Hamilton. "Sargasso of Space" a synthetic material resembling glass
go nova (v.) antedating 1942 (of a star) to become a nova; (more generally, of a star, planet, etc.) to explode.
go supernova (v.) antedating 1942 (of a star) to become a supernova;
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
gravitic (adj.) antedating 1935 "Don A. Stuart", 'Rebellion' relating to gravitics
gravitically (adv.) antedating 1982 in a way that uses or is explained by gravitics
gravitics (n.) antedating 1944 Malcolm Jameson, Tricky Tonnage the science of manipulating gravity
graviton (n.) antedating 1941 Ross Rocklynne, Time Wants A Skeleton a hypothetical particle that mediates gravity, analogous to the photon for electromagnetism
gravity screen (n.) antedating 1930 S.P. Meek in Amazing Stories
gravity well (n.) antedating 1963 Winston P. Sanders (Poul Anderson), 'Industrial Revolution' the vicinity of a large mass, such as a planet or star, in which significant energy must be expended in order to move a long away from the mass
gravs (n.) antedating 1940 'George Danzell', 'The Castaway' anti-gravitational propulsion devices
grok (v.) 1961 coined by Heinlein in Stranger in a Strange Land to perceive or understand fully; to feel empathy with; to enjoy, appreciate
groundcar (n.) antedating 1937 E.E. Smith, "Galactic Patrol" a car incapable of flight (in contrast with 'aircar')
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