• Opinion

    Science fiction is what we point to when we say it.

    by – Damon Knight, Science Fiction Adventures (November 1952) Or, more fully, “That the term ‘science fiction’ is a misnomer, that trying to get two enthusiasts to agree on a definition of it leads only to bloody knuckles; that better labels have been devised (Heinlein’s suggestion, ‘speculative fiction’, is the best, I think), but that we’re stuck with this one; and that it will do us no particular harm if we remember that, like ‘The Saturday Evening Post’, it means what we point to when we say it.” But the simplified version has been used to define, defend, and dismiss for seventy years now. The third one of those may…