American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A literary or cinematic genre in which fantasy, typically based on speculative scientific discoveries or developments, environmental changes, space travel, or life on other planets, forms part of the plot or background.
- n. Fiction in which advanced technology and/or science is a key element.
- n. Technology that, while theoretically possible, is not yet practical.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A genre of fiction in which scientific and technological issues feature prominently, especially including scenarios in which speculative but unproven scientific advances are accepted as fact, and usually set at some time in the future, or in some distant region of the universe.
- n. literary fantasy involving the imagined impact of science on society
- Apparently coined in 1851 by W. Wilson. (Wiktionary)
“There's not much science fiction in this book, but I got a great deal of help from the science fiction readers and writers on GEnie's SF Bulletin Board, who saved me a lot of library footwork when I needed to know the color of the walls in Walter Reed in 1968 and how doughnuts are made.”
“But Lee had some friends who were science fiction buff's as well as dopers, and they were all in Berkeley for a four-day convention weekend.”
“These stories have been selected by the members of The Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), the organization of some four hundred professional science fiction writers.”
“I traded it for a Philip K. Dick book, which is also science fiction but pretty weird.”
“It seems that the weak point in the sixteen onlays (partial crowns) I had two decades ago - the experience translated into my dental science fiction novel, Prostho Plus-is the cement.”
“Bob looked inside and saw a robotic-looking electric device that was like something out of an old black and white science fiction movie, with pulleys and fly wheels and an arm along one side; a stack of orange clay disks sat in a kind of magazine assembly up top.”
“The science fiction movie GATTACA depicts a future society in which the genetic factors for susceptibility to disease and human behavior traits have all been identified, and are used diagnostically to optimize the outcome of a mating.”
“He has also written best-selling novels, short stories, and nonfiction books in the worlds of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, Farscape, Marvel Comics, and Xena, and is the editor of the forthcoming anthology of original science fiction Imaginings.”
“My bet is that the Transitorium—the hospice of the future—will turn out to be more than a science fiction fantasy.”
“All the science fiction books were in place, although in random order, in the brick-and-board shelving he'd dismantled for college.”
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