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science fiction

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noun
  1. a form of fiction that draws imaginatively on scientific knowledge and speculation in its plot, setting, theme, etc.
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Origin of science fiction

First recorded in 1925–30
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Examples from the Web for science fiction

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  • We proudly enter a new name in the science-fiction sweepstakes.

  • For old-timers in science-fiction—these are typical of the days when the field was starting.

    The Black Star Passes

    John W Campbell

  • These are early stories of the early days of science-fiction.

    The Black Star Passes

    John W Campbell

  • Just look how simple history is compared with science-fiction!

    The Black Star Passes

    John W Campbell

  • His influence on science-fiction since then cannot be underestimated.

    The Black Star Passes

    John W Campbell


British Dictionary definitions for science fiction

science fiction

noun
    1. a literary genre that makes imaginative use of scientific knowledge or conjecture
    2. (as modifier)a science fiction writer
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for science fiction

n.

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).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

science fiction in Culture

science fiction

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.

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