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scientific fiction

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The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction

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...take into consideration that we are not humorists, but merely scientific-fiction addicts who try to lend originality to our letters. 1955 Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) (Feb. 4) 20/2 The result is as exciting as any work of scientific fiction you will be able to find. The difference: What Mr. Cohn describes could very well happen. 1988 G. Benford Life of H. G. Wells H. G. Wells Invisible Man (1992) vii Success brought an invitation to try scientific fiction in 1894...

Earther

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...ANTIBEM PREJUDICE HERE. 1966 R. A. Lafferty Among Hairy Earthmen Galaxy Mag . Aug. 90/2 Even today, the Eretzi or Earthers haven't the details of it right in their histories. 1967 D. Gerrold Trouble with Tribbles (Star Trek script) (Aug. 1) II-20 Klingons are not as luxury-minded as Earthers. 1991 G. Bear & S. M. Stirling Man Who Would Be Kzin L. Niven , et al. Man-Kzin Wars IV 264 Even after a decade, the words war and enemy still carried a strong flavor of obscenity to most Earthers. 2003 S.S. Tepper Companions (2004) 139 ...

smof

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.... Hence smoffing , n . 1968 Proper Boskonian (Nov.) 1 Smoffing is a Way of Life 1971 New York Times (Sept. 6) 17/1 The fen of science fiction fandom […] descended on Boston this weekend for their annual worldcon to smof and to buy old fanzines. 1987 G. Wolfe Horrorstruck (Nov.–Dec.) 20/2 From club meetings came meetings between clubs, at which members of the Outsiders might s.m.o.f. (this fan verb is derived from S ecret M asters o f F andom and indicates the forging of fannish political deals) with Insiders. 1997 Minico: “Still fancy...

time storm

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...in the resulting time storm— 1977 G. R. Dickson Time Storm 11 He gave us the closest thing to a normal meal that I'd eaten—or the girl had, undoubtedly—since the time storm first hit Earth. […] The continuity—or discontinuity—lines dividing the time areas usually blocked off radio. 1994 A. McCaffrey Girl Who Heard Dragons (1995) 167 The time storm shifted and that resettlement was enough to rouse Chloe, attuned as she was to the distortion phenomenon. 2005 P. Di Filippo Washington Post Book World (Feb. 20) 13/3 Twenty-two years after the...

torchship

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...drive. 1953 R. A. Heinlein Sky Lift Imagination (Nov.) 14/2 Older pilots thought of interplanetary trips with a rocketman's bias, in terms of years—trips that a torchship with steady acceleration covered in days. 1974 see quote in torch , n . 1986 G. Benford & D. Brin Heart of Comet 20 When they arrived the first task awaiting the torch ship's crew was to recover the huge cylinders containing the deep-sleeping majority of the mission crew. 1990 J. Pournelle & S. M. Stirling Asteroid Queen L. Niven , et al. Man-Kzin Wars III (1992) 41 ...

Trekker

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...trekkie (rather than a sober, dignified—albeit enthusiastic—trekk er ). 1978 F. Lynch Star Trek & Me W. Irwin & G. B. Love Best of Trek 54 I find that I can label fans only “good-mannered” or “bad-mannered”; the terms Trekker, Trekkie, etc. turn me off. 1986 D. Carey Author's Note Dreadnought 5 As a first-generation Trekker, I am one of the lucky ones who discovered Trek early on. 1994 SF Age (July) 20/3 The biggest concern for loyal Trekkers everywhere is just how both old and new cast members will fare. 2000 Interzone (July)...

gravity plate

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...plate n Obs . a device that creates artificial gravity “above” it, or that nullifies gravity “below” it. 1933 J. Williamson Salvage in Space Astounding Stories of Super-sci . Mar. 20/2 The creature's body was so heavy that Thad had to return to the bridge, and shut off the current in the gravity plates along the keel, before he could move it. 1936 G. Wilson Earth-Venus 12 Thrilling Wonder Stories (Dec.) 104/2 An hour's ascent, with our rocket-tails streaming like a comet behind us; then we shut them off, with the gravity plates set for Earth...

mind-meld

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...you for the Vulcan mind-meld. 1968 S. E. Whitfield S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of “Star Trek” 227 Another unique Vulcan ability exhibited by Spock is a type of ESP that the Vulcans refer to as “mind-melding.” 1978 L. Schlessinger Sunday Gleaner Mag. (Kingston, Jam.) (Aug. 4) 5/4 When people are in love, in an intimate relationships, there is not automatic mind[-]meld. People cannot know what is in each other's mind. 1994 Inuit Art Quarterly (Summer) 20/3 When I think of it, all in all, I think we had a pretty good mind-meld....

post-apocalyptic

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...this catastrophe was brought about by […] a tidal wave of magic which swept away huge chunks of our modern world of science and reason. 2003 G. K. Wolfe Locus (Apr.) 19/2 Veniss Underground , a post-apocalyptic far future urban novel with some echoes of Vance and Wolfe, and particularly of the longstanding secret underground city tradition, offers some answers. 2003 New York Times Book Rev . June 1 20/2 Atwood returns to a dystopian future in this bleak novel about a man who may be the last human remaining on postapocalyptic...

rim world

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...n . Compare outplanet , outworld . 1957 R. A. Heinlein Citizen of Galaxy Astounding SF (Nov.) 121/2 H. G. C. Hydra lifted from Hekate, bound for the Rim worlds. 1959 A. B. Chandler Astounding SF (Jan.) 12/1 They don't like Deep Space, these Rim Worlders. They're scared of it. I suppose that it's because for all their lives they've been hanging over the edge of the ultimate pit by their eyebrows. 1965 J. Brunner Altar on Asconel 20 The Empire never embraced the whole of the galaxy, though people generally assume it did. It could be a Rim...

science fictioneer

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...prediction of the coming of television at that time was based largely on the proposition that people certainly wanted the gadget—and wanted it badly. 1964 G. Conklin Five-Odd 55 Amis is a mainstream writer, who is experienced at creating vividly real characters and situations—something the professional science fictioneers find almost impossible to achieve. 1966 I. Asimov TV Guide (Mar. 5–11) 20/1 However, these television people would have to stay up all night to put one across on an experienced science-fictioneer like myself. 1977 Times Literary...

space freighter

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...old space freighter would warp into one of the loading docks and discharge her meager freight of Martian artifacts and uranium. 2002 J. Williamson Afterlife D. G. Hartwell Year's Best SF 8 (2003) 419 We settle both great continents, harvested the great forests, loaded fleets of space freighters with precious hardwoods and rare metals. 2005 Sci-Tech Today (Internet) June 20 A Russian Progress space freighter docked early Sunday at the International Space Station, delivering water, fresh food and spare parts for the two-man...

chrononaut

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... n a time traveler . 1963 G. Fox Highwayman & Mighty Mite Atom (Apr./May) 20 I've been training since my last trip in the time pool! […] I'm becoming a regular “chrononaut”! 1974 P. K. Dick Little Something for Us Tempunauts E. L. Ferman & B. N. Malzberg Final Stage 287 Addison addressed the Soviet chrononaut. “Officer N. Gauki […] what in your mind is the greatest terror facing a time traveler?” 1982 M. Bishop No Enemy but Time 78 One of the older females had a vessel so expertly woven that I wondered if some unsung...

dimension

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...by ordinary means and which often possesses different physical laws; an alternate reality or parallel universe . Also fig . Compare plane . 1896 H. G. Wells Plattner Story New Review (Apr.) 352 The curious inversion of Plattner's right and left sides is proof that he has moved out of our space into what is called the Fourth Dimension, and that he has returned again to our world. 1922 H. G. Wells Men like Gods (1923) 22 And now he imagines himself in some sort of scientific romance and out of our world altogether. In another dimension. 1931 ...

interworld

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... of more than one planet. 1944 L. Brackett Veil of Astellar Best of Leigh Brackett (1977) 73 A message rocket dropped into the receiving chute at the Interworld Space Authority headquarters on Mars. 1948 N. Loomis Mr. Zytztz Goes to Mars Thrilling Wonder Stories (Aug.) 20/2 They delivered the three Zytztes [sic] to the World Council, which during their absence had been re-named the Inter-World Council. 1959 C. Smith No, No, Not Rogov! J. Merril SF: The Best of Best (1967) 181 Yet all eyes were fixed upon the golden shape which interpreted ...

spacesuit

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... Parade Oakland (Cal.) Tribune (Jan. 5) 6/1 By 1963 , only five years from now, a space-suited Columbus may reach the moon. 1962 J. Glenn , et al. Into Orbit 244 G-suits are not to be confused with pressure suits (or, now, spacesuits) which the Astronaut wears during space flight to maintain atmospheric pressure at high altitudes. 1970 A. McCaffrey Ship Who Sang (1991) 20 Jennan broke out spacesuits to the three who would have to remain with him in the airlock. 1993 K. S. Robinson Red Mars 92–93 The walkers were designed for the Martian...

croggle

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...a Nebula, I was becroggled. I finally found my voice and told her that in twenty-five years of reading and writing science fiction, I had heard a hell of a lot of gauche questions, but that really took the cake. 1997 Fish, chips & Pam Wells . (Usenet: rec.arts.sf.fandom) May 20 I croggled a bit at this; I mean, I can't think of a shop here other than delis that would have as many as 12 different olives. 2002 Unbelievable . (Usenet: rec.arts.sf.fandom) June 17 We croggled the attendants and the folks standing in line by getting in the cars, three rows...

science fiction

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...Xero (2005) 117 Can any writer in the audience name a science fiction by Voltaire, or show a single example of its having influenced 20 th -century s-f in any way? 1964 G. Conklin Five-Odd 74 This brilliant Scotsman first began writing for American publication in 1950 , and has since had a sizable number of first-rate science fictions in our magazines. 2005 S. Sontag Report on Journey New York Times Book Rev . Feb. 20 17/1 For instance, both science fictions and philosophical novels need principal characters who are skeptical, recalcitrant,...

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