|Definition||belonging to or characteristic of the dominant or traditional literary modes, especially mimetic fiction|
|OED requirements||antedating 1953|
|Earliest cite||R. Moore in R. Bretnor's 'Modern Science Fiction'|
|Comment||Jeff Prucher submitted a 1967 cite from Damon Knight's "In Search of Wonder";
Alistair Durie verified the 1955 first appearance in Hyphen.
Alistair Durie submitted a 1955 cite from Damon Knight's review column in Science Fiction Quarterly.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas in F&SF.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1954 cite from Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas in F&SF.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from Rosalie Moore's article "Science Fiction and the Main Stream" in Reginald Bretnor's "Modern Science Fiction".
Earliest cite in OED: 1958.
|Last modified||6 July, 2008|
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|1954 ‘A. Boucher & F. McComas Recommended Reading in Mag. Fantasy & Sci. Fiction Feb. 93||In its crystal-clear prose, its intense human warmth and its depth of psychological probing, it is a first-rate ‘straight’ novel; its ingenious use of telepathy, psychokinesis and other ‘psi’ powers make it admirable science-fantasy; and the adroit plotting and ceaseless surge of action qualify it as a distinguished suspense story. Symbiotically, these factors add up to more than their sum—add up, indeed, to one of the most impressive proofs yet of the possibility of science fiction as a part of mainstream literature.|
|1955 D. Knight Readin' and Writhin' in Sci. Fiction Quarterly Feb. 76/2||‘With These Hands’ is merely the lament for handcraftsmanship—already a cliche in the mainstream story—which Kornbluth has translated from book-binding to sculpture.|
|1955 D. Knight Readin' and Writhin' in Sci. Fiction Quarterly Feb. 76/1||Three of the best are the result of a serious attempt to graft the mainstream short story onto science fiction.|