science fiction

noun

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

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Other Words from science fiction

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

Examples of science fiction in a Sentence

Time travel exists only in the realm of science fiction.

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There are recommendations here for those, too, including a sprawling science fiction epic and an unusual history of baseball, that great summer pastime. Jim Kiest, ExpressNews.com, "12 new books for your summer reading list," 5 June 2019 And if scientists ever do develop new forms of weak propulsion, the hyper-sensitive thrust balances developed by Tajmar and the Dresden team will almost certainly play a role in sorting science fact from science fiction. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "A Mythical Form of Space Propulsion Finally Gets a Real Test," 5 June 2019 But the set-up, which already calls to mind classic science fiction, gets more unusual. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Some Humans Can Detect the Earth's Magnetic Field," 19 Mar. 2019 Every network was scrambling to get something science fiction on the air. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Trump's 'Space Force' Was Launched Once Before — On Television — and It Crashed," 18 June 2018 Any notion of brain change or growth was dismissed as science fiction. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "Can People Really Change?," 26 Mar. 2019 In your typical science fiction first contact novel, aliens visit Earth by hovering over or destroying our major cities — usually New York, London, or LA. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The 13 best sci-fi books to check out on your new Kindle," 29 Dec. 2018 MacFarlane's interest in exploring social issues through science fiction also features heavily in the series. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Orville blends science fiction and science fact into a winning mix," 29 Dec. 2018 The result is something that is looser and more open-ended, less hard science fiction than a dreamy kind of science pastoral, albeit one populated with mutant crocodiles. George Pendle, Esquire, "Alex Garland Mutated Annihilation Into a Psychedelic Sci-Fi Horror," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of science fiction

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of science fiction was in 1851

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science fiction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of science fiction

: stories about how people and societies are affected by imaginary scientific developments in the future

science fiction

noun

Kids Definition of science fiction

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

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