Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

The Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction (HDSF), “a comprehensive free online historical dictionary of science fiction terms,” has been announced. Edited by Jesse Sheidlower, the HDSF is an outgrowth of the Science Fiction Citations Project, crowdsourced by the Oxford English Dictionary.

As a historical dictionary, the HDSF includes not only a definition of each term, but also quotations from works of science fiction which illustrate how each term is used, and how it has changed over time.

The HDSF will be available online starting January 26, 2021.

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  • January 21, 2021 at 11:16 am

    The original Science Fiction Citations fo OED site (https://www.jessesword.com/sf/list), is still operational at the moment. That project also produced a book, Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction, edited by Jeff Prucher. (Full disclosure: I was one of the crowd of sourcers for the site.)


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