Posted on 01/26/2021 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A new dictionary launched online today: Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction.

The New York Times reports that the project has its origins in a crowdsourced project from 2001 called the Science Fiction Citations Project, launched by the Oxford English Dictionary and managed by Jesse Sheidlower.

Sheidlower took that effort and built it out further into the brand-new dictionary, with the blessing of the OED (where he no longer works).

As its name implies, the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction includes not just definitions of terms, but also their origins and evolutions.

Among its 1,800 separate entries: “actifan,” “aerocar,” “zero-gravity,” and “zine.”

You can read more about Sheidlower’s work in the NY Times or go straight to the dictionary.

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