Full record for future history n.

Definition 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
OED requirements antedating 1937
Earliest cite in Thrilling Wonder Stories
Comment The OED has a citation from the March 1941 Astounding. Brian Ameringen found a reference to and Mike Christie confirmed a citation from the February 1941 Astounding. Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1937 letter in Thrilling Wonder Stories

Added to the OED in December 2001; updated in March 2002. OED has two early non-SF examples.

Last modified 14 July, 2008

Citations for future history n.

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1937 N. F. Stanley Let. in Thrilling Wonder Stories Aug. 120/2 In any event, don't abandon the cartoon strip idea altogether. An extended outline of future ‘history’ somewhat along the line of the first installment of ‘Zarnak’ would provide an excellent subject for one.
1961 R. A. Heinlein Let. 17 Mar. in R. A. Heinlein & V. Heinlein Grumbles from Grave (1990) 233 The Sound of His Wings‥has an SF tie-in through my ‘Future History’ chart without being tagged as ‘science fiction’.
1961 R. A. Heinlein Let. 17 Mar. in R. A. Heinlein & V. Heinlein Grumbles from Grave (1990) 233 The Sound of His Wings‥has an SF tie-in through my ‘Future History’ chart without being tagged as ‘science fiction’.
1989 V. Heinlein Editor's Notes in R. A. Heinlein & V. Heinlein Grumbles from Grave 175 These stories all follow a consistent pattern of future history.
1989 V. Heinlein Editor's Notes in R. A. Heinlein & V. Heinlein Grumbles from Grave 175 These stories all follow a consistent pattern of future history.
1991 J. Varley Steel Beach (1993) 567 This story appears to be part of a future history of mine, often called the Eight Worlds. It does share background, characters, and technology with earlier stories of mine, which is part of the future history tradition. What it doesn't share is a chronology‥. Consider this a disclaimer, then. Steel Beach is not really part of the Eight Worlds future history. Or the Eight Worlds is not really a future history, since that implies an orderly progression of events.
1995 Interzone Sept. 20/1 One aspect of science fiction, of which I totally disapprove, is to do with future histories; the future treated as a reality.
1995 Interzone Jan. 56/2 Although it is set in the same nada -continuum future history as his early short stories, it does not share their headlong nervy rush and the crammed exotica of their cyberpunkish scenarios.
1997 Sci.-Fiction Studies Mar. 142 Before Sputnik, First SF had thrived in a native habitat‥. Afterwards, new versions of sf, new conversations, began to collide with the dying gabfest of Future History, and First SF sporulated into a series of loose, overlapping genres.