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50 more words every sci-fi fan (and most gamers) should know

We're on a mission to create a complete science-fiction glossary, and here are 50 more words every sci-fi fan should know. (Yes, FPS and RPG fanboys, there are lots of gaming terms mixed in here.)

It all began with 75 words every sci-fi fan should know, which gave way to another 25, then 30 more, and finally 40 more after that. We won't stop until we've got a complete science-fiction glossary, so here are the next 50 words every sci-fi fan should know. (Yes, FPS and RPG fanboys, there are lots of gaming terms mixed in here. As the first generation born into a world with ubiquitous video games grows into adult authors, the twin lexicons of sci-fi and gaming are overlapping, intertwining, and cross-breeding with much artifice and aplomb. See Gibson, William and Stross, Charles.)

  1. alien space bats (n.)
  2. alt. (n.)
  3. astrodynamics (n.)
  4. blobject (n.)
  5. buckyjunk (n.)
  6. celestial mechanics (n.)
  7. chatfrag (v.)
  8. Counter-Earth (n.)
  9. counterfactual history (n.)
  10. crit (v.)
  11. crossover (n.)
  12. dungeon crawl (n.)
  13. ectoplasm (n.)
  14. exocortex (n.)
  15. exoskeleton (n.)
  16. fan-fic (n.)
  17. GM (v.)
  18. godmode (v.)
  19. Grognard (n.)
  20. hack & slash (adj.)
  21. hit points (n.)
  22. Hohmann transfer (n.)
  23. instagib (adj.)
  24. Interplanetary Transport Network (n.)
  25. Jonbar hinge (n.)
  26. Lagrange point (n.)
  27. low energy transfer (n.)
  28. Mars cycler (n.)
  29. mecha (n.)
  30. metagaming (n.)
  31. metaverse (n.)
  32. min-max (v.)
  33. munchkin (n.)
  34. nootropics (n.)
  35. NPC (n.)
  36. Oberth effect (n.)
  37. orrery (n.)
  38. paratime (n.)
  39. ragdoll physics (n.)
  40. respawn (v.) 
  41. Roche limit (n.)
  42. saving throw (n.)
  43. sidewise (adj.)
  44. slipstream (adj.)
  45. spawn camping (n.)
  46. telefrag (v.)
  47. toon (n.)
  48. Turkey City lexicon (n.)
  49. Wexelblat disaster (n.)
  50. xenocide (n.)

Think we've missed some? Let us know.

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6 comments
AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

To tetris something is to do it until it's like Tetris. Like, playing Master of Magic until every game you play seems the same, no matter the opposition or settings. Can be used creatively for other interactive pursuits. It's not identical to grok or the hacker mentality, rather it's a temporary compulsive mania about a pastime, leading to a somewhat depressive state of nauseate boredom - once tetris state is achieved.

NetAdmin1178
NetAdmin1178

I'm disappointed to see no mention of the fluxcapacitor from the Back to the Future series in any of the lists. =/

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Archived in Louisville Go back to the blog post and read the post again. You'll find them. After all, you're only lazy, not ignorant. ;)

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Check the links to previous articles in Jay's latest post. 'Grok' was on the very first list years ago.

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