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40 more science-fiction terms every geek needs to know

In the beginning, there were 75 words every sci-fi fan should know. Then we saw fit to add another 25 shortly thereafter, and then yet 30 more examples of spec-fic slang. Today, our grand total of documented dorktacular terms and phrases reaches 170, as we've got the next 40 science-fiction terms every geek needs to know.

In the beginning, there were 75 words every sci-fi fan should know. Then we saw fit to add another 25 shortly thereafter, and then yet 30 more examples of spec-fic slang. Today, our grand total of documented dorktacular terms and phrases reaches 170, as we've got the next 40 science-fiction terms every geek needs to know.

  1. astrobiology (n.)
  2. astrochicken (n.)
  3. Big Brother (n.)
  4. biohacker (n.)
  5. changeling (n.)
  6. chthonic (adj.)
  7. cosplay (n.)
  8. cryonics (n.)
  9. cyberware (n.)
  10. Drake Equation (n.)
  11. Edisonade (n.)
  12. event horizon (n.)
  13. exobiology (n.)
  14. exoplanet (n.)
  15. expospeak (n.)
  16. fanboy (n.)
  17. Fermi's paradox (n.)
  18. first contact (n.)
  19. gengineering (n.)
  20. handwaving (n.)
  21. heuristic (adj.)
  22. Hollow Earth (n.)
  23. infodump (n.)
  24. jump drive (n.)
  25. jump gate (n.)
  26. Kardashev scale (n.)
  27. Mary Sue (adj.)
  28. megacorp (n.)
  29. multiverse (n.)
  30. panopticon (n.)
  31. Penrose process (n.)
  32. postcyberpunk (adj.)
  33. psionics (n.)
  34. railgun (n.)
  35. retcon (v.)
  36. retrocognition (n.)
  37. scry (v.)
  38. sword-and-planet (adj.)
  39. technocracy (n.)
  40. technopathy (n.)

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5 comments
Loranap1
Loranap1

Here are 40 mre reasons.

Datacommguy
Datacommguy

There are quite a few words which originated in stories or concepts from those we now call 'Grand Masters' which I expected to find - and didn't - in the referenced lists. For example, I nominate "Berserker" as one that still pops up in current science fiction from time to time and was (is?) universally known to science fiction readers and fans.

Snak
Snak

We all know that nerds aspire to be geeks, and although 'geek' was originally an insult, we have a room full of techies here, proud of their Geekness. But where does the term 'geek' actually come from?

TheEgypsy
TheEgypsy

Berserker is one of the original terms in Dungeons and Dragons which I used to play live (as opposed to online) back in the 70s-80s. Unless the term has morphed I would think it would be more suited to Fantasya rather than science fiction.

cpe.grimm
cpe.grimm

Side show freaks who would bite the heads off of chickens used to be called geeks. Not sure if that is the original usage of the term though.

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