SF Criticism Citations

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alternative world (n.) antedating 1953 Arthur C. Clarke, 'The Other Tiger' = alternate world
steampunk (n.) antedating 1987 K.W. Jeter in Locus a writer of steampunk
science-fictionally (adv.) antedating 1936 in Thrilling Wonder Stories in the manner of science fiction
cyberpunk (n.) antedating 1984 in the Washington Post Book World an author of, or protagonist in, cyberpunk
splatterpunk (n.) antedating 1987 F. Paul Wilson in Horrorstruck an author of splatterpunk writing.
sf-ish (adj.) antedating 1976 Douglas S. Carey, in Galaxy abbreviation for science-fictionish
sci-fic (n.) antedating 1946 Wilson (Bob) Tucker in Bloomington News Letter abbreviation for science fiction
infodump (n.) antedating 1987 in comp.sys.atari.st (Usenet newsgroup) a large (often unwieldy or indigestible) amount of information supplied all at once; spec. as background or descriptive information in a narrative
universe (n.) antedating 1970 P. Schuyler Miller in Analog a fictional setting
alternative reality (n.) antedating 1941 Alfred Bester, 'The Probable Man' = alternate world
genre fantasy (n.) antedating 1996 Brian Stableford in Science-Fiction Studies stories, novels, etc. that are explicity written or published in the genre of fantasy, as opposed to ones which contain fantastic or supernatural elements but are written or published as mainstream or in another genre
uchronia (n.) antedating 1986 Gordon B. Chamberlain, 'Allohistory in Science Fiction' alternate history
Tolkienesque (adj.) antedating 1967 the New York Times characteristic of or resembling J.R.R. Tolkien or his writings
fantasist (n.) antedating 1923 in the Glasgow Herald a writer of fantasy
steampunkish (adj.) antedating 1997 in Interzone of, pertaining to, or characteristic of steampunk
technothriller (n.) antedating 1986 in the Washington Post a thriller which employs science fictional technology or gadgetry
proto-cyberpunk (adj.) antedating 1991 in Extrapolation pertaining to works that prefigure the themes of cyberpunk
genre science fiction (n.) antedating 1971 Norman Spinrad, 'The New Tomorrows' stories, novels, etc. that are explicity written or published as science fiction, as opposed to ones which contain science-fictional elements but are written or published as mainstream or in another genre
dark fantasy (n.) antedating 1987 J.N. Williamson, 'How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction' horror
Buck Rogers (n.) any evidence 1959 Dick Eney, 'Fancyclopedia II' used attributively to describe science fiction
Buck Rogers (n.) antedating 1936 Lima (Ohio) News used attributively to indicate something science-fictional, especially relating to or suggestive of stereotypical or hackneyed science fiction
fantastic (n.) antedating 1948 Joseph de Celis in Thrilling Wonder Stories that which is fantastic
fantastic (n.) antedating 1947 Paul F. Anderson in Thrilling Wonder Stories a work of fantasy
New Wave (n.) antedating 1968 Brian Aldiss in 'England Swings SF' a loose movement in science fiction writing from the mid-1960s to mid-1970s, characterized by an experimental approach to narrative structures and language and an emphasis on nuanced social, moral, or psychological conflict rather than on technological concerns
dystopian (adj.) antedating 1953 Damon Knight in 'Science Fiction Adventures' of or pertaining to a dystopia
high fantasy (n.) antedating 1973 in the New York Times Book Review a genre of fantasy set in an imaginary world with a medieval-style society and level of technology, usually featuring a quest or a conflict between Good and Evil, and often written in an elevated style
post-apocalyptic (adj.) antedating 1978 Alan Frank, 'Sci-Fi Now' = post-apocalypse
genre (n.) antedating 1993 David Bischoff in Quantum genre fiction; science fiction, fantasy, and/or horror
scientifiction (n.) antedating 1916 Hugo Gernsback in Electrical Experimenter science fiction
Sturgeon's Law (n.) antedating 1960 P.S. Miller in Analog a humorous aphorism which maintains that most of any body of published material, knowledge, etc., or (more generally) of everything is worthless: based on a statement by Sturgeon, usually later cited as '90 per cent of everything is crap'
planetary romance (n.) antedating 1978 Russell Letson in 'The Green Odyssey' a subgenre of science fiction that focuses on adventures taken on a planet's surface, especially in which the description of the planet is integral to the story
uncyberpunkish (adj.) antedating 1990 Ken Rolston in Dragon Magazine not characteristic of cyberpunk
big dumb object (n.) antedating 1981 Roz Kaveny in Foundation a large, mysterious, alien-made artifact encountered in space or on another world
skiffy (n.) antedating 1984 David Hartwell in 'Age of Wonders' sci-fi
sharecrop (v.) antedating 1994 in Interzone to write sharecrops
postcyberpunk (n.) antedating 1998 Martin Wooster in Nova Express a subgenre of science fiction that employs some of cyberpunk's themes, especially the exploration of the effects of a high rate of technological change on society, but rejects the alienation and dystopianism of cyberpunk
fix-up (n.) antedating 1975 A.E. van Vogt, 'Reflections of A.E. van Vogt' a novel constructed from shorter material written separately
cyberpunkish (adj.) antedating 1989 Ian Watson in 'Nebula Awards 23' resembling or reminiscent of cyberpunk
sharecrop (n.) antedating 1991 John Clute in 'New Worlds 1' fiction set in a world that was created by another author
alternative universe (n.) antedating 1944 P. Schuyler Miller, 'As Never Was' = alternate world
epic fantasy (n.) antedating 1961 M. Moorcock in Amra = high fantasy
fantastic (adj.) antedating 1934 Hugo Gernsback in Wonder Stories having the quality of fantasy
golden age (n.) antedating 1948 Walter A. Willis in Slant an early era of science fiction, held to be the time when the literature was at its best
Mary Sue (n.) antedating 1973 'A Trekkie's Tale' in Menagerie a writer who inserts an idealized version of themselves in their own fan fiction; such a story or character
science fictiony (adj.) antedating 1963 in the Los Angeles Times like science fiction
subgenre (n.) antedating 1961 M. Moorcock in Amra a style or category (of fiction, film, etc.) that is a sub-set of another genre
mainstream (adj.) antedating 1953 R. Moore in R. Bretnor's 'Modern Science Fiction' belonging to or characteristic of the dominant or traditional literary modes, especially mimetic fiction
alternative future (n.) antedating 1939 C. L. Moore, 'Greater than Gods' = alternate future
non-genre (adj.) antedating 1975 Gerald Jonas in the NYT Book Review not science fiction, fantasy, or horror; mainstream
infodumping (n.) antedating 1999 in the New York Times Book Review the practice of using infodumps in literature
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