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overdrive (n.) antedating 1945 'M. Leinster' 'First Contact' = hyperdrive
overmind (n.) antedating 1949 James H. Schmitz, 'Agent of Vega' a single, non-material consciousness composed of the consciousnesses of a large number of beings
parallel universe (n.) antedating 1923 H.G Wells, Men Like Gods A universe in which physical laws or historical events are different to our own
parallel world (n.) antedating 1931 Benson Herbert, The World Within A world like our own, but which has diffeences in history or physical laws to our won.
parking orbit (n.) antedating 1953 Robert A. Heinlein, 'Starman Jones' an orbit around the earth or some other planet from which a space vehicle can be launched farther into space; also, an orbit which is stable and from which visits to the planet surface can conveniently be made
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.
photon torpedo (n.) antedating 1968 S.E, Whitfield, Making of Star Trek a hypothetical nuclear weapon in which a destructive force is generated by a collision of matter and antimatter
planetary engineer (n.) antedating 1932 J. Williamson 'The Electron Flame' one who does planetary engineering
planetary engineering (n.) antedating 1936 Jack Williamson 'The Cometeers' large-scale modification of an entire planet.
planet-bound (adj.) any evidence headed toward a planet
planet-bound (adj.) antedating 1946 Rog Phillips, 'Battle of the Gods' unable or unwilling to leave a planet
planet-buster (n.) antedating 1950 B. Vanier 'Planet-Buster!' a bomb or other weapon, or a natural force capable of destroying a planet
planet-buster (adj.) antedating 1959 F. Herbert 'The Missing Link' capable of destroying a planet
planeteer (n.) antedating 1921 in Punch
planetfall (n.) antedating 1940 Malcolm Jameson, "Quicksands of Youthwardness" a landing upon a planet after a journey through space.
planetless (adj.) antedating 1817 Shelley 'Rev. Islam' void of planets
planetographer (n.) antedating 1937 E. E. Smith 'Galactic Patrol' one who studies planets
planetography (n.) antedating 1955 P. Anderson 'The Long Way Home' the study of planets
planetside (adj.) antedating 1956 D. Knight 'Stranger Station' occurring on the surface of a planet
planetside (adv.) antedating 1955 P. J. Farmer 'Father' on or onto the surface of a planet
planet-wide (adj.) antedating 1941 James MacCreigh (Frederik Pohl), "The King's Eye" occurring all over the planet, as extensive as the planet
plasteel (n.) antedating 1955 Frank Herbert, 'Under Pressure' a material with some of the characteristics of steel, such as strength, but which is plastic or plastic-based
pocket universe (n.) antedating 1946 'M. Leinster' 'Pocket Universes' a universe or reality completely separate from ours which is much smaller, may have different natural laws, and may be artificially created
port (n.) antedating 1939 G. Giles 'Flight of the Starshell' a spaceport
porthole (n.) antedating 1925 W. Elwyn Backus 'The Waning of a World' a porthole in a spacecraft or aircraft
positronic (adj.) antedating 1941 I. Asimov 'Reason' related to or designed to use positrons
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
posthuman (adj.) antedating 1952 P. S. Miller of or relating to posthumans
post-human (adj.) any evidence 1936 H.P. Lovecraft, "The Shadow Out of Time" of or relating to a time after the extinction of humans
posthumanism (n.) antedating 1985 B. Sterling 'Schismatrix' the condition or nature of posthumans
posthumanist (adj.) antedating 1985 B. Sterling 'Schismatrix' of or related to posthumanism
posthumanity (n.) antedating 1985 B. Sterling 'Schismatrix' the society or condition of posthumans
precog (n.) antedating 1954 P. K. Dick 'A World of Talent' a person with precognitive abilities
precog (v.) antedating 1948 H, Beam Piper, 'Police Operation' to predict the future by precognitive powers
prespace (adj.) antedating 1949 'Rene LaFayette', 'The Emperor of the Universe' =prespaceflight
prespaceflight (adj.) any evidence 1972 George Zebrowski, 'The Omega Point' from, or characteristic of, a time before spaceflight
pressor (n.) antedating 1940 E. E. Smith 'Gray Lensman' =pressor beam
pressor beam (n.) antedating 1931 a device that emits a beam that causes the target to be impelled away from the source of the beam; also the beam itself
pressure-suit (n.) antedating 1928 E. E. Smith 'The Skylark of Space' =space suit
prime directive (n.) antedating 1956 Poul Anderson, "The Live Coward" a rule or law that overrides or guides other rules or laws; in particular a rule forbidding interference in the affairs of aliens which have not yet achieved space travel
pseudogravity (n.) antedating 1941 Robert A. Heinlein, 'Common Sense'
psi (n.) antedating 1942 R. H. Thouless in Proc. Soc. Psychical Res. paranormal phenomena or faculties collectively; the psychic force supposed to be manifested by these
psionic (adj.) antedating 1951 J. Williamson 'The Peddler's Nose' pertaining to or involving psi
psionics (n.) antedating 1951 J. Williamson 'The Greatest Invention' (the study of) the paranormal
psychohistory (n.) antedating 1942 I. Asimov in Astounding Sci. Fiction June the theory that the history of large populations is statistically predictable, based on psychological theories of human and social behaviour; science based on this theory
raise (v.) antedating 1941 F.H.Hardart, 'The Beast of Space' (of a spaceship) to lift off a planet
ramscoop (n.) antedating 1965 Larry Niven 'World of Ptavvs' a (theoretical) space propulsion method using electromagnetic fields to scoop up interstellar material as reaction mass and/or fuel
ray (n.) antedating 1898 H. G. Wells 'War of the Worlds' supposed beam of (destructive) energy
ray (v.) antedating 1930 John W. Campbell, Jr., 'The Black Star Passes' to fire a ray at
ray-gun (n.) antedating 1930 John W. Campbell, 'The Black Star Passes' a hand-held device that can be made to emit rays, esp. destructive or harmful ones
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