SF Criticism Citations

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sci-fi (n.) antedating 1954 Variety abbreviation of science fiction
sf (n.) antedating 1929 in Science Wonder Stories abbreviation for science fiction
science fantasy (n.) antedating 1931 Clare Winger Harris in Wonder Stories science fiction
science fictional (adj.) antedating 1932 Forrest Ackerman in Astounding pertaining to or characteristic of science fiction
scientific romance (n.) antedating 1873 G. M. Towle translated by A. Marx, Introduction to "Tour of the World in Eighty Days" proto-science fiction written in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (especially in Britain), exemplified by H.G. Wells, and in later use, science fiction that is similar in style or approach; also, a work of this kind
Sturgeon's Law (n.) antedating 1960 P.S. Miller in Analog a humorous aphorism which maintains that most of any body of published material, knowledge, etc., or (more generally) of everything is worthless: based on a statement by Sturgeon, usually later cited as '90 per cent of everything is crap'
Buck Rogers (adj.) antedating 1946 G. Conklin, 'The Best of Science Fiction' = science-fictional; characteristic of hackneyed or dated science fiction
Buck Rogers (n.) any evidence 1959 Dick Eney, 'Fancyclopedia II' used attributively to describe science fiction
alternate future (n.) antedating 1941 Alfred Bester, "The Probable Man" one of several possible futures
science-fictioner (n.) antedating 1954 Forrest J. Ackerman in Imagination a film on a science fiction theme
speculative fiction (n.) antedating 1889 Lippincontt's Monthly Magazine science fiction; fiction which includes science-fictional elements but which is perceived to fall outside that genre
gadget story (n.) antedating 1942 'H.H. Holmes', 'Rocket to the Morgue' a story where the primary focus is on inventions or the process of inventing
future history (n.) antedating 1937 in Thrilling Wonder Stories a fictional, self-contained, consistent, chronological framework (esp. realized across a body of work); (also) the subgenre of science fiction that uses such a framework
alternate world (n.) antedating 1944 Fritz Leiber, 'Business of Killing' one of many possible universes, which may have different physical laws or a different history than our own
anime (n.) antedating 1985 in net.comics a Japanese animated film or television programme, drawn in a meticulously detailed style, usually featuring characters with distinctive large, staring eyes, and typically having a science-fiction or fantasy theme, sometimes including violent or sexually explicit material; this genre of entertainment
scientifiction (n.) antedating 1916 Hugo Gernsback in Electrical Experimenter science fiction
alternate history (n.) antedating 1954 Editorial matter in Fantasy & Science Fiction a subgenre of science fiction wherein at least one aspect of history is different from that of our own world; the setting of such stories
alternate reality (n.) antedating 1950 John D. MacDonald, 'Shadow on the Sand' = alternate world
dystopia (n.) antedating 1952 Negkey & Patrick, 'Quest for Utopia' an imaginary place or condition in which everything is as bad as possible; opposite of utopia
dystopian (n.) antedating 1868 J. S. Mill in 'Hansard Commons' one who advocates or describes a dystopia
dystopian (adj.) antedating 1953 Damon Knight in 'Science Fiction Adventures' of or pertaining to a dystopia
future war (n.) antedating 1931 Editorial material in Wonder Stories a subgenre of science fiction dealing with warfare and how it will be practiced in the future
Gotham (n.) antedating 1807 Washington Irving, 'Salmagundi' a fictional New York City
mad scientist (n.) antedating 1908 R. McDonald, 'Mad scientist: a tale of the future' a scientist who is insane or eccentric, esp. so as to be dangerous or evil: a stock figure of melodramatic horror stories
New Wave (n.) antedating 1968 Brian Aldiss in 'England Swings SF' a loose movement in science fiction writing from the mid-1960s to mid-1970s, characterized by an experimental approach to narrative structures and language and an emphasis on nuanced social, moral, or psychological conflict rather than on technological concerns
planetary romance (n.) antedating 1978 Russell Letson in 'The Green Odyssey' a subgenre of science fiction that focuses on adventures taken on a planet's surface, especially in which the description of the planet is integral to the story
postholocaust (adj.) antedating 1977 in Starlog = post-apocalypse
utopia (n.) antedating 1613 Samuel Purchas, 'Pilgrimage' a place, state, or condition ideally perfect in respect of politics, laws, customs, and conditions
utopian (adj.) antedating 1613 Samuel Purchas, 'Pilgrimage' possessing or regarded as having impossibly or extravagantly ideal conditions in respect of politics, customs, social organization, etc.
utopian (n.) antedating 1873 Lytton in Life one who conceives, proposes, or introduces schemes supposed or intended to bring about improved or perfect social and political conditions, etc.; an advocate of social reform
BEM (n.) antedating 1940 in Thilling Wonder Stories abbreviation for bug-eyed monster
big dumb object (n.) antedating 1981 Roz Kaveny in Foundation a large, mysterious, alien-made artifact encountered in space or on another world
cyberpunk (n.) antedating 1983 Bruce Bethke, 'Cyberpunk' a subgenre of science fiction typified by a bleak, high-tech setting in which a lawless subculture exists within an oppressive society dominated by computer technology
science fiction (n.) interdating 1851-1927 W. Wilson, 'Little Earnest Book upon a Great Old Subject' imaginative fiction based on postulated scientific discoveries or spectacular environmental changes, freq. set in the future or on other planets and involving space or time travel
sense of wonder (n.) antedating 1881 'History of Sangamon County, Illinois' a feeling of awakening or awe brought on by an expansion of one's awareness of what may be possible; the primary emotional experience of reading science fiction
skiffy (n.) antedating 1984 David Hartwell in 'Age of Wonders' sci-fi
space fiction (n.) antedating 1948 Walt Sheldon, 'Perfect Servant' science fiction set in space or on other worlds, or involving space travel
space opera (n.) antedating 1941 'Bob' Tucker in 'Le Zombie' a genre of science fiction which uses stock characters and settings, especially those of Westerns translated into outer space; a genre of science fiction in which the action spans across a galaxy or galaxies; a work of these genres
splatterpunk (n.) antedating 1987 D.W. Taylor in Horrorstruck a subgenre of horror fiction characterized by the frequent and graphic description of grisly violence, bloody deaths, and extreme sexual situations; (in later use also) a similar genre of cinema, computer games, etc.
Wellsian (adj.) antedating 1912 in the Westminster Gazette of, pertaining to, or resembling the ideas and writings of H. G. Wells, esp. in his science fiction, social comment, etc.
Wellsian (n.) antedating 1916 G.B. Shaw, 'Pygmalion' a devotee or follower of H. G. Wells
Vernean (adj.) antedating 1883 in The Dial of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the science fiction of Jules Verne
slash (n.) antedating 1984 in 'Not Tonight, Spock!' a subgenre of fiction, originally published in fanzines and now esp. online, in which characters who appear together in popular films or other media are portrayed as having a sexual (esp. homosexual) relationship
fan fiction (n.) antedating 1944 'J. Bristol', 'Fancyclopedia' fiction, usually fantasy or science fiction, written by a fan rather than a professional author, esp. that based on already-existing characters from a television series, book, film, etc.; (also) a piece of such writing
dystopic (adj.) antedating 1967 W.H.G. Armytage in Extrapolation of, pertaining to, or resembling a dystopia
sfnal (adj.) antedating 1981 Robert Sabella in Science Fiction Review abreviation for science-fictional
alternate universe (n.) antedating 1950 in Fantasy & Science Fiction = alternate world
Nebula (n.) antedating 1966 in the SFWA Bulletin any of several awards given annually by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for excellence in science fiction and fantasy writing
high fantasy (n.) antedating 1973 in the New York Times Book Review a genre of fantasy set in an imaginary world with a medieval-style society and level of technology, usually featuring a quest or a conflict between Good and Evil, and often written in an elevated style
sword and sorcery (n.) antedating 1961 Fritz Leiber in Ancalagon a subgenre of fantasy which describes the adventures of larger-than-life heroes or heroines in bronze-age or medieval settings, and especially their battles with magical or supernatural foes
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