10 Words You Might Think Came from Science (But Are Really From…

Last week it came to our attention that the phrase "blast off" was coined—not in a purely scientific context, but a science fictional one—by E. E. Smith, an early science fiction author often referred to as "the father of space opera." The term appeared in Smith's 1937 story Galactic Patrol, when one character inquires of… » 10/17/11 10:00am 10/17/11 10:00am

Watch Out for Organleggers

Over at the Oxford University Press blog, there is talk of a new social menace: the organlegger, a person who sells organs on the black market. Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction editor Jeff Prucher writes that the term originated in the work of scifi writer Larry Niven, but quickly got picked up by Rudy Rucker, and… » 2/28/08 11:45am 2/28/08 11:45am