Sometime in the last quarter of the 20th century (or just possibly in the very early 2000s) I read somewhere the following definition of science fiction (not word-for-word, I paraphrase):

Science fiction is fiction designed to appeal to youths with an interest in science and technology.

I would like to know the source and the exact wording of that definition. I'm pretty sure that I read it in the editorial matter of some sci-fi anthology. Of course that definition may have been repeated or quoted elsewhere.


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Not quite the same as the definition in the question, but it certainly struck me as a close one

I might define science fiction as fantasy fiction designed to appeal to those with a knowledge and interest in science

This is from the Paper 'Mathematics in Science Fiction' by Alex Kasman from the College of Charleston in 2004. It can be found at this link.

It doesn't mention youth or technology and adds the fantasy element, but other than that it is remarkably similar!

  • @user14111 I found it by searching the web actually. Really glad I found it though; excellent definition! Commented Sep 23, 2015 at 8:15
  • Coming to this late, but doesn't this beg the question, "What is fantasy fiction?" Commented Mar 27, 2016 at 9:32

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