Adaptoplant

noun
Seasonal vegetation that grows into irregular temporary housing.
Origin
Pairing of ‘adapt’ and ‘plant’.
Source
Central Station

Agrav

noun
A material producing an anti-gravity effect.
Source
A Fire Upon the Deep

Andromorph

noun
A working animal genetically engineered to attain human likeness.
Origin
Andrós (“of man”) in combination with morphḗ (shape).
Source
Emphyrio

Ansible

noun
A device that allows instantaneous communication over any distance.
Origin
Contraction of ‘answerable’.
Source
Rocannon’s World

Anticitizen

noun
A person who opposes the social order of the Combine.
Source
Half-Life 2

Archlight

noun
As seen from the inner surface, the reflected light from the skyward face of a ringworld.
Origin
So named because the skyward face resembles an arch overhead.
Source
Ringworld

Autodarwinate

verb
To commit evolutionary self-deselection (suicide).
Origin
Charles Darwin; evolution of species by natural selection.
Source
Accelerando

Avatoid

noun
An android acting as the avatar of a ship’s Mind.
Source
Matter

Batcar

noun
A battery-powered vehicle.
Source
The Lathe of Heaven

Biot

noun
A biomechatronic robot.
Origin
Portmanteau of ‘biological’ and ‘robot’.
Source
Rendezvous With Rama

Burbclave

noun
A fortified private surburb with its own by-laws and police force.
Origin
Portmanteau of ‘suburb’ and ‘enclave’.
Source
Snow Crash

Chiaroscurography

noun
The photographic process invented by Leonardo da Vinci.
Origin
Formed from chiaro (bright), scuro (dark), and gráphō (to draw).
Source
Bruno’s Shadow