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Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction

Jeff Prucher



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15 March 2007
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers; Reference works; Sci-Fi Reference
The first historical dictionary devoted to science fiction, Brave New Words:

The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction shows exactly how science-fictional words and their associated concepts have developed over time, with full citations and bibliographic information. It's a window on a whole genre of literature through the words invented and passed along by the genre's most talented writers. In addition, it shows how many words we consider everyday vocabulary-words like spacesuit, blast off, and robot -had their roots in imaginative literature, and not in hard science.

Citations are included for each definition, starting with the earliest usage that can be found. These citations are drawn not only from science fiction books and magazines, but also from mainstream publications, fanzines, screenplays, newspapers, comics, film, songs, and the Internet. In addition to illustrating the different ways each word has been used, citations also show when and where words have moved out of the science fiction lexicon and into that of other subcultures or mainstream English. Brave New Words covers the shared language of science fiction, as well as the vocabulary of science fiction criticism and its fans--those terms that are used by many authors in multiple settings. Words coined in science fiction have become part of the vocabulary of any number of subcultures and endeavors, from comics, to neo-paganism, to aerospace, to computers, to environmentalism, to zine culture. This is the first book to document this vocabulary transfer. Not just a useful reference and an entertaining browse, this book also documents the enduring legacy of science fiction writers and fans.
By:   Jeff Prucher
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 167mm,  Spine: 31mm
Weight:   688g
ISBN:   9780195305678
ISBN 10:   0195305671
Pages:   374
Publication Date:   15 March 2007
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction

A mini-history of SF and its subculture that will fascinate anyone curious about the evolution of the language. Lisa Tuttle, The Times (Books)

  • Short-listed for Locus Awards (Nonfiction) 2008
  • Winner of Hugo Award (Related Book) 2008

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