SF Criticism Citations

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sf (n.) antedating 1929 in Science Wonder Stories abbreviation for science fiction
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
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
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
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
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
alternate reality (n.) antedating 1950 John D. MacDonald, 'Shadow on the Sand' = alternate world
worldbuilder (n.) antedating 1884 James Tait, 'Mind in Matter' a writer who engages in world-building
sharecrop-writer (n.) antedating 1997 in Science-Fiction Studies someone who writes sharecrops
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
fantasy (n.) antedating 1934 in Wonder Stories a genre of fiction which contains elements of magic or the supernatural, frequently set in a world other than our own
postholocaust (adj.) antedating 1977 in Starlog = post-apocalypse
BEM (n.) antedating 1940 in Thilling Wonder Stories abbreviation for bug-eyed monster
counterfactual (n.) antedating 1997 in Interzone a work of alternate history
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 fantasy (n.) antedating 1931 Clare Winger Harris in Wonder Stories science fiction
science fantasy (n.) antedating 1948 Marion Zimmer in 'Startling Stories' a genre which blends elements of science fiction and fantasy
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
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
science fantasy (n.) antedating 1950 W. Gillings in Science-Fantasy a genre of science fiction characterized by phenomena which are thought to be scientifically impossible (such as time travel or FTL drives); soft science fiction
sci-fi (n.) antedating 1954 Variety abbreviation of science fiction
fantasy (n.) antedating 1934 P. Enever (letter) in 'Wonder Stories' a work (story, film, etc.) in the fantasy genre
science fantasy (n.) antedating 1943 P. S. Miller in Astounding Science Fiction a work of science fantasy
hard science fiction (n.) antedating 1957 P. Schuyler Miller in Astounding Science Fiction science fiction which does not violate known scientific laws; science fiction based on the hard sciences
uchronic (adj.) antedating 1991 in Locus of uchronias
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.
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
world-building (n.) antedating 1920 A.S. Eddington, 'Space, Time and Gravitation' the creation of fictional planets and their geology, geography, biology, etc., often including the history and culture of their inhabitants
dystopic (adj.) antedating 1967 W.H.G. Armytage in Extrapolation of, pertaining to, or resembling a dystopia
bug-eyed monster (n.) antedating 1939 Martin Alger in a letter to Thrilling Wonder Stories an extra-terrestrial monster with bulging eyes
science fictional (adj.) antedating 1932 Forrest Ackerman in Astounding pertaining to or characteristic of science fiction
sfnal (adj.) antedating 1981 Robert Sabella in Science Fiction Review abreviation for science-fictional
Hugo (n.) antedating 1950 in Science Fiction News Letter any of several awards presented annually at the World Science Fiction Convention for excellence in science-fiction or fantasy writing, art, publishing, etc.
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
tie-in (n.) antedating 1962 in Publisher's Weekly a book, film, or the like published to take advantage of the appearance of the same work in another medium
dark fantasy (n.) antedating 1973 'Dark Fantasy', a fanzine fantasy fiction which contains some horrific, macabre, or grotesque elements
alternative history (n.) antedating 1976 Brian Ash, 'Who's Who in Science Fiction' = alternate history
disaster novel (n.) antedating 1975 Martin Levin in the New York Times Book Review a novel that deals with a global catastrophe (natural, man-made, or extraterrestrial in origin) and its aftermath
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
slipstream (n.) antedating 1989 Bruce Sterling in SF Eye fiction which, while not classified as science fiction, engages to some extent with scientific or futuristic subject matter, esp. such fiction regarded as constituting an identifiable genre; this genre of fiction
postcyberpunk (adj.) antedating 1990 in The Whole Earth Review of or pertaining to postcyberpunk
steampunk (n.) antedating 1987 James Blaylock in Locus a subgenre of science fiction which has a historical setting (esp. based on industrialized, nineteenth-century society) and characteristically features steam-powered, mechanized machinery rather than electronic technology
shared world (n.) antedating 1985 John C. Bunnell in Dragon Magazine a fictional world in which multiple authors set their stories
sharecropper (n.) antedating 1987 Gardner Dozois, in 'The Year's Best SF Fifth Annual Collection' a writer of sharecrops
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
Frankenstein complex (n.) antedating 1947 Isaac Asimov, 'Little Lost Robot' the anxiety and distrust humans feel for robots
sharecropped (adj.) antedating 1989 Charles N. Brown in Locus having the quality of a sharecrop
heroic fantasy (n.) antedating 1963 L. Sprague de Camp, 'Sword and Sorcery' = sword and sorcery
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