from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Science fiction.
  • adjective Of, relating to, being, or similar to science fiction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun informal Science fiction; -- a common shortened form for the name of the literaray genre. See science fiction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun colloquial Short for science fiction.


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  • 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?

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  • 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.

    The Future of Science Fiction

  • 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.

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  • 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."

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  • His prose, casually neologistic and making deft use of sci-fi tropes, is bracingly sharp.

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  • 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.

    Any Drop to Drink?

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Meg Cabot: Why Reading for Pleasure is Serious Business

  • Au contraire, he avers, “the creative energy of speculative fiction has been migrating from sci-fi to fantasy”.



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