Full record for science fictional adj.

Definition pertaining to or characteristic of science fiction
OED requirements antedating 1932
Earliest cite Forrest Ackerman in Astounding
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a letter by Rick Sneary in the Fall 1950 Planet Stories. Mike Christie submitted a 1949 cite from a letter by Arthur Cox in Astounding. Jeff Prucher submitted a 1935 cite from a letter in Wonder Stories by Forrest Ackerman. Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a letter by Forrest J. Ackerman in Astounding from 1932.

Earliest cite in the OED: 1954.

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Citations for science fictional adj.

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1932 F. J. Ackerman Let. in Astounding Stories Nov. 282/2 Announcement Science Fictional: the Fantasy Fans Fraternity!Science-fantasy differs from the usual run of book and magazinefiction in many ways but primarily in the unflagging loyalty and alertinterest of its many followers. No other class of readers can comparein these respects with genuine Science Fiction fans. It is for themthat the Fantasy Fans Fraternity is being launched.There are no restrictions; no recommendations are needed. Girls, boys,men, women, may join freely. All lovers of the diverse forms offantasy are invited. (This goes for you Strange Tales readers, too!)There are no dues or fees of any kind, except for a very nominalcharge (only a trifle more than a new copy of the magazine you are nowreading) for a membership card. This card allows the Fraternizersspecial privileges and derives them much benefit.
1935 F. J. Ackerman in Wonder Stories Feb. 1139/1 ‘The Final Struggle’ unfortunately impressed me as being very bad as a science-fictional, fantastic, or any kind of story.
1949 A. J. Cox in Astounding Sci. Fiction Oct. 150/1 Grudge is one of the first interesting science-fictional characters to come along in a long while.
1950 Planet Stories Fall 100/2 We will have authors, and fans, auctions and speachs [sic] on science-fictional subjects.
1980 M. Z. Bradley Darkover Retrospective in Planet Savers/Sword of Aldones (1982) 310 It never occurred to me to write fantasy until I discovered the science-fictional fantasy style of the novels of Moore and Kuttner.
1990 Thrust Winter 9/3 Stableford ingeniously brings vampires over into the science-fictional sphere.
1990 Thrust Winter 8/1 This science-fictional explanation fits.
1991 Locus May 19/3 Where the book is good it is very good, though not necessarily in science fictional ways.
1992 Locus June 58/1 Other stories shift the onus to sinister male doings: half-seen and scarcely understood‥, science-fictional‥, and combining sf, mystery, and horror.
1993 SFRA Rev. May 69 He has assembled a history of the Star Wars saga seen not primarily as a filmic or science-fictional work but as a series of design and marketing efforts.
1993 Sci. Fiction Age Jan. 74/2 British fans have been seeing his more science fictional works for years, and we are pleased to present one of them this issue so that American fans can discover the wider range of his talents.
1993 Sci. Fiction Stud. Nov. 307 The Great Romance is unusual among SF works of the time in being‥science-fictional from the outset.
1993 Locus June 58/2 Peter Weir is out, presumably because his films are not explicitly science-fictional enough.
1993 Locus Oct. iv. 68/1 The work of Chad Oliver‥pioneered this strip of science-fictional territory.
1994 Interzone May 59/3 The Iron Dragon's Daughter irradiates the tropes of fantasy with science-fictional extrapolation, flinging off ideas that would sustain the careers of lesser writers.
1994 Interzone Sept. 59/2 She also retains the kind of science-fictional curiosity which searches assiduously for a sense of wonder in expanding imaginative horizons, and the story contrives to attain a most unexpected conclusion.
1995 SFRA Rev. May 51 The first section of Resnick's novel basically translates into a science fictional framework Burton's famous and nearly fatal attempt to sneak into the forbidden city of Mecca.
1995 Interzone Oct. 58/3 Although Noon uses science fictional imagery, he isn't interested in rigorous extrapolation or explanation.
2000 S. Robinson Callahan's Key xv. 254 Nobody has any idea what the hell they are, but all kinds of guesses have been made, some of them fairly science fictional. Black holes colliding. Star drives switching on. Wormholes eating galaxies.
2001 Locus June 25/1 The science fictional aspect of Dreamcatcher also mingles those delights of boyhood.
2001 Sci. Fiction Chron. July 28/2 Candy (1969) has a number of science fictional elements, from a gravity defying hunchback to‥a brain-powered radio.
2006 S. M. Stirling Sky People iii. 75 Sort of science-fictional, Marc thought. But then, we're exploring an alien planet, eh?