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hovercar (n.) antedating 1959 in The Progress a car that utilizes an air-cushion as a means of support
deep space (n.) antedating 1937 E.E. 'Doc' Smith, 'Galactic Patrol' that part of space far away from planets or stars
Martian (adj.) antedating 1873 The Planet Mars: An Essay by a Whewellite
nanotechnology (n.) antedating 1974 N. Taniguchi 'Proc. Internat. Conf. Production Engin.' the branch of technology that deals with dimensions and tolerances of 0.1 to 100 nanometres, or, generally, with the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules
nanotechnological (adj.) antedating 1989 in Sunday Times resulting from developments in nanotechnology; of or relating to nanotechnology
nanotechnologist (n.) antedating 1986 an expert or specialist in nanotechnology
nano (n.) antedating 1987 in Washington Post =nanotechnology
nanobot (n.) antedating 1991 John Varley, Steel Beach a nanotechnological robot
nanotech (adj.) antedating 1987 in Washington Post =nanotechnological
nanomachine (n.) antedating 1986 K. E. Drexler 'Engines of Creation' a nanotechnological machine
jump gate (n.) antedating 1995 Lois Tilton, "Accusations" a device that opens up a portal into hyperspace, or otherwise enables instantaneous travel; the gateway thus opened up
Dyson sphere (n.) antedating 1970 Larry Niven, Ringworld an artificial structure, in the form of a hollow shell surrounding a star.
uplift (v.) antedating 1980 D. Brin 'Sundiver' to engineer a species (usually genetically) to make them intelligent
mother ship (n.) antedating 1930 John W. Campbell Jr., 'The Black Star Passes' a space craft escorting or having charge of a number of other, usually smaller, craft; one from which other craft are launched or controlled. Frequently with reference to alien craft.
light sail (n.) antedating 1963 Cordwainer Smith: Think Blue, Count Two A spacecraft propulsion system using a vast reflective sail to harness the radiation pressure of light.
spacefarer (n.) antedating 1941 in Thrilling Wonder Stories one who travels in space
spacefaring (adj.) antedating 1952 A. B. Chandler 'Frontier of the Dark' traveling in space
time warp (v.) antedating 1974 to transport in a time warp
helicab (n.) antedating 1950 John Weston, "Heli-cab Hack" a helicopter-based flying taxi
space flyer (n.) antedating 1911 in Mod. Electrics November a spacecraft
space flyer (n.) antedating 1931 in Wonder Stories Feb. a space traveler
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.
Singularity (n.) antedating 1983 in an Omni article by Vernor Vinge the transition to posthumanity
avatar (n.) antedating 1986 a VR representation of a person
cyborg (n.) antedating 1960 "cybernetic organism": a living organism with biological and machine components. The biological part is not necessarily of human origin.
spaceport (n.) antedating 1930 M. Breuer & J. Williamson 'The Birth of a New Republic' a base from which spacecraft are launched; (in fiction) a base at which spaceships take off and land
shapechanger (n.) antedating 1906 W. B. Yeats 'Poems, 1899-1905' one who can shapechange
saucer (n.) antedating 1947 =flying saucer
space alien (n.) antedating 1954 J. J. Ferrat 'Reel Life Films' =alien
Klingon (n.) antedating 1968 G. L. Coon 'Errand of Mercy' a member of a fictional humanoid alien race featuring in the U.S. television series Star Trek and in subsequent associated series, films, publications, etc. Also in extended use. Also the language of this race.
laser gun (n.) antedating 1961 a weapon that fires a laser
ray (n.) antedating 1898 H. G. Wells 'War of the Worlds' supposed beam of (destructive) energy
reaction drive (n.) antedating 1949 T. Sturgeon 'Minority Report' a spaceship drive
replicant (n.) antedating 1981 in Blade Runner script artificial alien or genetically engineered replica of a human being
replicant (n.) antedating 1987 W. Schneider in Atlantic Monthly person who works in a robotic manner; mindless and lacking originality; clone
ringwall (n.) antedating 1944 C. Bonestell & W. Ley in Astounding Sci. Fiction a roughly circular ring of cliffs/mountains surrounding an impact crater
spacer (n.) antedating 1940 =spaceman
teleportation (n.) antedating 1931 C. Fort 'Lo!' the conveyance of persons (esp. of oneself) or things by psychic power; also in futuristic description, apparently instantaneous transportation of persons, etc., across space by advanced technological means
terranean/terranian (n.) any evidence Any dates other than 1913 & 1965 inhabitant of earth
warp (n.) antedating 1936 1936 Astounding Stories June space warp
warp (v.) antedating 1946 1946 F. Brown in Astounding Science Fiction May to travel through space by way of a space warp
warp speed (n.) antedating 1977 1977 S. Marshak and M. Culbreath 'The Price of the Phoenix' a (hypothetical) faster-than-light speed, attained by a spaceship with a propulsion mechanism capable of manipulating space-time; (also, in extended use) an extraordinarily high speed.
worldlet (n.) antedating 1926 1926 Spectator 11 Sept. little world; planetoid
atomics (n.) antedating 1919 the science of atoms and atomic energy
Belter (n.) antedating 1966 Larry Niven, 'The Warriors' one who is born/lives in an asteroid belt
chrononaut (n.) antedating 1963 Gardner Fox, 'The Highwayman and the Mighty Mite.' a time-traveller
commlink (n.) antedating 1977 Alan Dean Foster, Star wars (novelization) a communication link; a communication device. Also spelled 'comlink' and 'comm link'.
eetee (n.) antedating 1956 Robert A. Heinlein, Double Star = ET
ET (n.) antedating 1945 John Campbell, Astounding editorial an alien: abbreviation for "extra-terrestrial"
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