SF Criticism Citations

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BEM (n.) antedating 1940 in Thilling Wonder Stories abbreviation for bug-eyed monster
Buck Rogers (n.) any evidence 1959 Dick Eney, 'Fancyclopedia II' used attributively to describe science fiction
Buck Rogers (n.) antedating 1936 Lima (Ohio) News used attributively to indicate something science-fictional, especially relating to or suggestive of stereotypical or hackneyed science fiction
Buck Rogers (adj.) antedating 1946 G. Conklin, 'The Best of Science Fiction' = science-fictional; characteristic of hackneyed or dated science fiction
Frankenstein complex (n.) antedating 1947 Isaac Asimov, 'Little Lost Robot' the anxiety and distrust humans feel for robots
Gotham (n.) antedating 1807 Washington Irving, 'Salmagundi' a fictional New York City
Hugo (n.) antedating 1950 in Science Fiction News Letter any of several awards presented annually at the World Science Fiction Convention for excellence in science-fiction or fantasy writing, art, publishing, etc.
Mary Sue (n.) antedating 1973 'A Trekkie's Tale' in Menagerie a writer who inserts an idealized version of themselves in their own fan fiction; such a story or character
Nebula (n.) antedating 1966 in the SFWA Bulletin any of several awards given annually by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for excellence in science fiction and fantasy writing
New Wave (n.) antedating 1968 Brian Aldiss in 'England Swings SF' a loose movement in science fiction writing from the mid-1960s to mid-1970s, characterized by an experimental approach to narrative structures and language and an emphasis on nuanced social, moral, or psychological conflict rather than on technological concerns
Orwellian (n.) antedating 1971 in the Guardian an admirer of the works and ideas of George Orwell
Orwellian (adj.) antedating 1950 M. McCarthy, 'On the Contrary' characteristic or suggestive of the writings of George Orwell, esp. of the totalitarian state depicted in his dystopian account of the future, Nineteen Eighty-four (1949)
SF/F/H (n.) antedating 1991 in Locus abbreviation for science fiction, fantasy, and horror
SFX (n.) antedating 1981 in SF-lovers Digest special effects
Sturgeon's Law (n.) antedating 1960 P.S. Miller in Analog a humorous aphorism which maintains that most of any body of published material, knowledge, etc., or (more generally) of everything is worthless: based on a statement by Sturgeon, usually later cited as '90 per cent of everything is crap'
Tolkienesque (adj.) antedating 1967 the New York Times characteristic of or resembling J.R.R. Tolkien or his writings
Tolkienian (adj.) antedating 1954 C.S. Lewis in Time and Tide of or pertaining to J.R.R. Tolkien or his writings
Vernean (adj.) antedating 1883 in The Dial of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the science fiction of Jules Verne
Wellsian (n.) antedating 1916 G.B. Shaw, 'Pygmalion' a devotee or follower of H. G. Wells
Wellsian (adj.) antedating 1912 in the Westminster Gazette of, pertaining to, or resembling the ideas and writings of H. G. Wells, esp. in his science fiction, social comment, etc.
alternate future (n.) antedating 1941 Alfred Bester, "The Probable Man" one of several possible futures
alternate history (n.) antedating 1954 Editorial matter in Fantasy & Science Fiction a subgenre of science fiction wherein at least one aspect of history is different from that of our own world; the setting of such stories
alternate reality (n.) antedating 1950 John D. MacDonald, 'Shadow on the Sand' = alternate world
alternate universe (n.) antedating 1950 in Fantasy & Science Fiction = alternate world
alternate world (n.) antedating 1944 Fritz Leiber, 'Business of Killing' one of many possible universes, which may have different physical laws or a different history than our own
alternative future (n.) antedating 1939 C. L. Moore, 'Greater than Gods' = alternate future
alternative history (n.) antedating 1976 Brian Ash, 'Who's Who in Science Fiction' = alternate history
alternative reality (n.) antedating 1941 Alfred Bester, 'The Probable Man' = alternate world
alternative universe (n.) antedating 1944 P. Schuyler Miller, 'As Never Was' = alternate world
alternative world (n.) antedating 1953 Arthur C. Clarke, 'The Other Tiger' = alternate world
anime (n.) antedating 1985 in net.comics a Japanese animated film or television programme, drawn in a meticulously detailed style, usually featuring characters with distinctive large, staring eyes, and typically having a science-fiction or fantasy theme, sometimes including violent or sexually explicit material; this genre of entertainment
big dumb object (n.) antedating 1981 Roz Kaveny in Foundation a large, mysterious, alien-made artifact encountered in space or on another world
biopunk (n.) antedating 1993 in Science-Fiction Studies a subgenre of science fiction which focuses on the societal effects of biotechnology and genetic engineering
bug-eyed monster (n.) antedating 1939 Martin Alger in a letter to Thrilling Wonder Stories an extra-terrestrial monster with bulging eyes
catastrophe (adj.) antedating 1979 Baird Searles, et al., 'A Reader's Guide to Science Fiction' = disaster
counterfactual (n.) antedating 1997 in Interzone a work of alternate history
cyberpunk (n.) antedating 1983 Bruce Bethke, 'Cyberpunk' a subgenre of science fiction typified by a bleak, high-tech setting in which a lawless subculture exists within an oppressive society dominated by computer technology
cyberpunk (n.) antedating 1984 in the Washington Post Book World an author of, or protagonist in, cyberpunk
cyberpunkish (adj.) antedating 1989 Ian Watson in 'Nebula Awards 23' resembling or reminiscent of cyberpunk
dark fantasy (n.) antedating 1973 'Dark Fantasy', a fanzine fantasy fiction which contains some horrific, macabre, or grotesque elements
dark fantasy (n.) antedating 1987 J.N. Williamson, 'How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction' horror
different story (n.) antedating 1928 in Amazing Stories a science fiction, fantasy, or weird story
disaster (adj.) antedating 1976 Lester del Rey in Analog describing a global catastrophe (natural, man-made, or extraterrestrial in origin) and its aftermath
disaster novel (n.) antedating 1975 Martin Levin in the New York Times Book Review a novel that deals with a global catastrophe (natural, man-made, or extraterrestrial in origin) and its aftermath
dystopia (n.) antedating 1952 Negkey & Patrick, 'Quest for Utopia' an imaginary place or condition in which everything is as bad as possible; opposite of utopia
dystopian (n.) antedating 1868 J. S. Mill in 'Hansard Commons' one who advocates or describes a dystopia
dystopian (adj.) antedating 1953 Damon Knight in 'Science Fiction Adventures' of or pertaining to a dystopia
dystopianism (n.) antedating 1962 C. Walsh, 'From Utopia to Nightmare' dystopian quality or characteristics
dystopic (adj.) antedating 1967 W.H.G. Armytage in Extrapolation of, pertaining to, or resembling a dystopia
edisonade (n.) antedating 1993 John Clute, 'The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction' a story featuring a young male inventor who uses his inventions and ingenuity to defeat his foes or to explore new territory
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