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- adjective (adj) About or inspired by science fiction, fantasy, horror, science, and/or subjects of interest to fans of speculative fiction; frequently, being a song whose lyrics have been altered to refer to science fiction; parodying.
- noun (noun) Filk music; a filk song.
- verb (verb) To perform filk music.
- verb (verb) To participate in a filk circle, including singing along.
With its heavy sci-fi themes, this isn't folk -- it's 'filk,' a distinctive genre that took root on folk's fringes about two decades ago and is now gaining broader attention thanks to internet radio and web downloads.
As science fiction spread within music, fans began to share songs with one another, and the movement became known as Filk. It took its name from a 1950s article about these unusual songs, which misspelled 'Folk' as 'Filk.'
A filk song can be an ode to Doctor Who's bow tie; puns about 'Battlestar Galactica'; a ballad about Apollo 11; or even a dark paean to something creepy from a Stephen King book.
'Filk' is sometimes capitalized.