Science Fiction Definition

A literary or cinematic genre in which fantasy, typically based on speculative scientific discoveries or developments, environmental changes, space travel, or life on other planets, forms part of the plot or background.
American Heritage
Fiction of a highly imaginative or fantastic kind, typically involving some actual or projected scientific phenomenon.
Webster's New World

Fiction in which advanced technology and/or science is a key element.

Some people consider motion pictures such as the Star Wars movies more as fantasies than science fiction.

Technology that, while theoretically possible, is not yet practical.

Despite decades of research, mass-market personal aircraft are still science fiction.

Origin of Science Fiction

  • From science + fiction; apparently coined in 1851 by W. Wilson.

    From Wiktionary

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