science fiction


Definition of science fiction

: fiction dealing principally with the impact of actual or imagined science on society or individuals or having a scientific factor as an essential orienting component

Other Words from science fiction

science-fictional \ ˈsī-​ən(t)s-​ˈfik-​shnəl How to pronounce science fiction (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of science fiction in a Sentence

Time travel exists only in the realm of science fiction.
Recent Examples on the Web In the United States, science fiction has largely flourished because, generation after generation, its fans dreamt of becoming pros and being published in Astounding, Galaxy or the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Washington Post, 12 May 2021 But the part of the plan that sounded most like science fiction actually happened. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Mar. 2022 Musk's vision of settling Mars once seemed like pure science fiction. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 11 Feb. 2022 The prospect of discovering extraterrestrial life may feel like science fiction to many but not for NASA. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2022 The threat of deep-space asteroids seems like science fiction, and NASA says no such threats are known to exist for at least the next century. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2021 One of the precepts of science fiction is that the Age of Space will be like the Age of Sail. Tom Shippey, WSJ, 1 Apr. 2022 We are shown what two forms can offer each other, and exposed to the interrogating possibilities of science fiction. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2022 Author Octavia Butler is a queen of science fiction, and Kindred is her bestselling novel about time travel. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 20 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of science fiction

1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of science fiction was in 1898

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15 May 2022

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“Science fiction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of science fiction

: made-up stories about the influence of real or imagined science on society or individuals


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