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Another 30 must-know sci-fi words

We started with 75 words every sci-fi fan should know, added another 25 shortly thereafter (plus 10 sci-fi curse words), and now we've got another 30 examples of spec-fic slang. Still, we're less than half way to our goal of 366, so we can celebrate a fresh geek term everyday (including leap years). Check out what we've got, and start piling on, fellow bibliovores.

We started with 75 words every sci-fi fan should know, added another 25 shortly thereafter (plus 10 sci-fi curse words), and now we've got another 30 examples of spec-fic slang. Still, we're less than half way to our goal of 366, so we can celebrate a fresh geek term everyday (including leap years). Check out what we've got, and start piling on, fellow bibliovores.

  1. Alcubierre drive (n.)
  2. anthropic priniciple (n.)
  3. Big Crunch (n.)
  4. biopunk (adj.)
  5. butterfly effect (n.)
  6. causality (n.)
  7. clockpunk (adj.)
  8. Dying Earth (adj.)
  9. elfpunk (adj.)
  10. frankenfood (n.)
  11. goldilocks planet (n.)
  12. lycanthropy (n.)
  13. manga (n.)
  14. mannerpunk (adj.)
  15. Maxwell's demon (n.)
  16. mythpunk (adj.)
  17. otaku (n.)
  18. planetary romance (n.)
  19. psychometry (n.)
  20. pyrokinesis (n.)
  21. redshirt (n.)
  22. retrofuturism (n.)
  23. science fantasy (n.)
  24. smart dust (n.)
  25. spime (n.)
  26. splatterpunk (adj.)
  27. spy-fi (adj.)
  28. subspace (n.)
  29. transgenic (adj.)
  30. vorpal (adj.)

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