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science fiction

a form of fiction that draws imaginatively on scientific knowledge and speculation in its plot, setting, theme, etc.
Origin of science fiction
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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science fiction

  1. a literary genre that makes imaginative use of scientific knowledge or conjecture
  2. (as modifier): a science fiction writer
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Word Origin and History for science fiction

1929 (first attested in advertisements for "Air Wonder Stories" magazine), though there is an isolated use from 1851; abbreviated form sci-fi is from 1955. Earlier in same sense was scientifiction (1916).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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science fiction definition

Works of fiction that use scientific discoveries or advanced technology — either actual or imaginary — as part of their plot. Jules Verne and H. G. Wells were early writers of science fiction. More recent ones are Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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