Here are a few bits of common Science Fiction Vocabulary.
Imaginary creature from outer space.
A world other than our own. Similar to a parallel universe.
A human-looking robot
the idea of creating a place or object that is free from the force of gravity.
the study and design of intelligent agents, like robots or softwareasteroid
Rocky object orbiting the sun / star. Part of a failed planet. Usually in a belt around the sun / star shepherded by larger planets
Air or climate in a given place
Having electronically powered organs. See also cybernetics
blaster or Phaser
A handheld weapon similar to a gun that fires bolts of energy instead of physical projectiles
Object in space with strong gravitational pull that no matter or energy can escape.
Genetically identical organism
Event where a person witnesses an unidentified flying object
The whole universe
Freezing of a corpse with the hope of restoring it later.
Study of extremely low temperatures
Study of communication in organisms, organic processes, and mechanical or electronic systems…When accompanied with implants, the concept of bionics is created.
A fictional being that is part-human, part-robot
fusion between man and machine set in an urban society that is usually anarchic
space beyond the Earth’s gravitational influence or beyond the orbit of the Moon
an ideal society that becomes intolerable
Existing or coming from somewhere outside Earth and its atmosphere
a disk-shaped flying object believed to be an extraterrestrial spacecraft
a shield (in some cases large enough to cover an entire planet) to protect something from damage by natural forces or enemy attack
Assembly of stars, gas and dust
The attraction of bodies toward the center of the earth.
Very unfriendly, strongly opposed to somebody or something
describes a being from another planet that has the appearance or characteristics of a human
propulsion systems that allow starships to enter hyperspace to traverse the vast distances of space at faster-than-light speeds
A fictional space in which laws of physics may be circumvented allowing faster-than-light travel or time travel.
Occurring among/ between stars
Relating to human beings, Eventually dying
Change in genetic material
an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen gas and plasma
a star that suddenly increases dramatically in brightness and then fades to its original luminosity over a short period of months or years
a stellar explosion that creates an extremely luminous object
A computer CPU with the capacity to rival a human brain.
refers to Einstein’s theory on the gravitational pull on objects
a mechanical device that can be programmed to carry out instructions and perform complicated tasks usually done by people
Device that orbits a planet
capable of feeling and perception
a subgenre of sci-fi that emphasizes space warfare with use of melodramatic risk-taking space adventures, relationships, and chivalric romance. Set mainly or entirely in outer space, it features technological and social advancements (or lack thereof) in faster than light travel, advanced weapons, and sophisticated technology, on a backdrop of galactic empires and interstellar wars with fictional aliens, often in fictional galaxies.
speed of light
186,000 miles per second, a speed impossible to exceed according to Einstein’s theories of relativity
a spaceship designed to travel between stars or star systems, eg Star-Treck “Enterprise”
science fiction technology
the study, development, and application of devices, machines, and techniques for manufacturing and productive processes
to move something using mental power or without traveling
Modifying a planet, moon, or other body so its atmosphere, temperature, or ecology is similar to those of Earth in order to make it habitable by humans.
an impossible situation created by traveling back through time, for example, when a man travels back and kills his father, so that he himself could never exist
moving backward or forward in time. eg Doctor Who in his Tardis.
a hypothetical distortion in the continuum of space-time, allowing time to stand still or people to travel from one time to another
the theory that space and time are interconnected. Theory that allows for time travel.
UFO (unidentified flying object)
a flying object that cannot be identified and is thought by some to be an alien spacecraft
an ideal and perfect place or state where everyone lives in harmony and everything is for the best
a hypothetical structure of space-time envisioned as a tunnel connecting points that are separated in space and time
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