American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Informal Science fiction.
- adj. Of, relating to, being, or similar to science fiction: a sci-fi movie; a sci-fi weapons system.
- n. colloquial Short for science fiction.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. informal Science fiction; -- a common shortened form for the name of the literaray genre. See science fiction.
“Re the SF/sci-fi label: when a non-genre mag reviewed my books and described me as a ’sci-fi supremo’ d’you think I was going to write in and bitch about it?”
“Yet the term sci-fi, for Ms. Atwood, properly applies only to "things that could not possibly happen," like H.G. Wells's invasions from Mars in "War of the Worlds" 1898.”
“In a piece published in the New York Times in 1965, Vonnegut insisted that he did not want to be classified as a sci-fi author and said some wounding things about sci-fi enthusiasts: They were clannish and childish about matters outside technology; and not many sci-fi writers could really write.”
“As Rebecca, Jones is an intriguing discovery, and Neill classes up the joint, but overall, the script has some of the sparkless blah that has plagued Fox's other big-name sci-fi show this season, "Terra Nova.”
“But overall, the script has some of the sparkless blah that has plagued Fox's other big-name sci-fi show this season, "Terra Nova.”
“His prose, casually neologistic and making deft use of sci-fi tropes, is bracingly sharp.”
“Where water really is scarce—on planets other than Earth—novelistic imaginations have created wonderfully tyrannical dystopias, most extravagantly in Frank Herbert's "Dune" 1965, a worthy sci-fi favorite.”
“Its sci-fi shoot-'em-up thriller Half-Life 2 has sold 2 million copies since 2004 and is the highest-rated PC game on the Web site Metacritic.”
“But I think it's important to understand that what may look like "escape" reading--whether it be a comic book, a romance or graphic novel, sci-fi or mystery--is actually serving an important and complex purpose.”
“Au contraire, he avers, “the creative energy of speculative fiction has been migrating from sci-fi to fantasy”.”
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