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Title Brave new words : the Oxford dictionary of science fiction / edited by Jeff Prucher ; introduction by Gene Wolfe
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (xxxi, 342 pages)
Contents Preface -- Introduction -- Guide to the Dictionary -- Instructions for Antedating Citations -- Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction Terms -- Communications & Entertainment -- Earthlings -- Expletives & Profanity -- Fanspeak -- Naval Terms -- Robots -- Space Drives -- Star Trek -- Time Travel -- Weapons -- Zines -- Pseudonyms Cited in the Dictionary -- Bibliography of Books Quoted -- Bibliography of Science Fiction Non-Fiction and Reference Books
Summary The first historical dictionary devoted to science fiction. It shows the development of science-fiction words and their associated concepts over time, with full citations and bibliographic information. Citations are drawn from science-fiction books and magazines, fanzines, screenplays, newspapers, comics, folk songs, and the Internet. The dictionary reveals how many words we consider to be everyday expressions, like "space shuttle", "blast off", and "robot", have their roots in imaginative literature and not in hard science. It also charts the transfer of science-fiction vocabulary to different subcultures and endeavours, such as neo-paganism, aerospace, computers, and environmentalism.--From publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-342)
Notes Hugo Award for Best Related Book, 2008
Print version record
Subject Science fiction -- Dictionaries.
Genre/Form Dictionaries.
Form Electronic book
Author Prucher, Jeff.
LC no. 2006037280
ISBN 9780199891405
Other Titles Oxford dictionary of science fiction