Full record for science fictiony adj.

Definition like science fiction
OED requirements antedating 1963
Earliest cite in the Los Angeles Times
Comment Jeff Prucher submitted a 2002 cite from a letter by Judy Blish in Locus. Jeff Prucher submitted a 1993 cite from James Gleick in the New York Times Magazine. Enoch Forrester submitted a 1982 cite from an article by Paul Crabaugh in Dragon Magazine. Andrew Hatchell submitted a 1982 cite from a book review by Michael Bishop in F&SF. Bill Mullins submitted a 1963 cite from the Los Angeles Times. Douglas Winston submitted a 2006 cite from Jane Heller's "Some Nerve".
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Citations for science fictiony adj.

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1963 R. Stein Tomorrow's Railroads in the Sky in Los Angeles Times This Wk. Mag. Feb. 3 10/3 Perhaps, to get science-fictiony, the solution will be to run monorails in cities high in the air with their tracks leaping from the top of one skyscraper to the next, or even through some of the higher ones since buildings aren't all the same height.
1982 M. Bishop Books in Mag. Fantasy & Sci. Fiction Jan. 54/1 You've already mentioned Marge Piercy's poems, albeit in a semi-smart-alecky fashion, and I thought you might say something about these so that if Disch ever discovers my true identity, he won't reduce me to caricature in some future column. Besides, several of his poems are decidedly science-fictiony.
1982 Dragon Mag. Oct. 59/1 The atom was first split in 1939—the year the Second World War broke out. Suppose the atom-splitting hadn't happened in 1939 and wasn't destined to happen until 1949. Nobody would have wasted any great amount of war effort on anything so science-fictiony as an atomic bomb, and they wouldn't have gotten a bomb in time to affect the outcome of the war anyway.
1993 R. Silverberg Coll. StoriesII. 68 A ‘translation’, in the uncompromising critical vocabulary set forth by Damon Knight and James Blish in the 1950s on which I based much of my own fiction-writing aesthetic, is an adaptation of a stock format of mundane fiction into s-f by a simple one-for-one substitution of science-fictiony noises for the artefacts of the mundane field.
2001 Locus June 15/1 It's the most science-fictiony story you're likely to read in a while; the author explicitly credits Cordwainer Smith and Alfred Bester as inspirations.
2002 Locus Sept. 44/2 What on Earth was a Locus ? I scraped my mind for a definition. It must be something science fictiony, of course, was it some sort of space altering device, a time-travel unit, or what?
2006 J. Heller Some Nerve 68 She retrieved the bulky black headset from a nearby table, the one with the earphones attached. It was a very science fictiony gadget, complete with this 3-D screen that jutted out and fit over the eyes. She strapped it onto my head, then dimmed the lights in the room.