I am pretty sure I've heard the word stargate in a context that predates the 1994 film. However, I can't remember the source, only that it predated the movie. My question to you all is, do the term originate with the movie, or did it exist prior? I tried a google search, but all I got was page after page of results relating to the movie and TV franchise. I didn't get anything not related to the MGM saga, which I found really strange. Isn't the whole point of a search engine to have variety in results? Anyway, I hope ya'll can help me out. I am working on a story about a pair of stargates that allow two-way travel between Earth and an alien world. It's a plot device, not the driving force of the story. I'm just looking to see if stargate is a pre-existing word that the franchise popularized. If that's the case, I can use it. If it originated with the movie, I'll be looking for a different term. If anyone has any suggestions for a two-way portal that only connects to one other planet, I'm all ears.