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adult fantasy n. 1932 P. S. Miller Letter in Wonder Stories Dec. 606/1 Third, I think, comes a second fantasy—adult fantasy…. We find Lord Dunsany and maybe a handful of others.
alternative universe n. 1944 P. S. Miller As Never Was in Astounding Science Fiction Jan. 34/1 As any schoolchild learns, the time shuttler who goes into the past introduces an alien variable into the spacio-temporal matrix at the instant when he emerges. The time stream forks, an alternative universe is born in which his visit is given its proper place, and when he returns it will be to a future level in the new world which he has created. His own universe is forever barred to him.
everywhen adv. 1943 P. S. Miller Gleeps in Astounding Science-Fiction July 100/2 I figure Gleeps is an Investigator. As far back as you want to go, he always has been, and as far ahead as you want to go in a bender, he always will be. Everywhere you go in this or any other universe he is, was and will be. He’s everywhen and everywhere—but I said that before.
Gernsbackian adj. 1952 P. S. Miller Reference Library in Astounding Science Fiction Sept. 163 The first of the fan organizations….was a counterpart to the Gernsbackian philosophy of science fiction. Gernsback believed…that science fiction existed as a new and powerful medium for teaching the facts, theories, and understanding of science…. The stories of this formative era considered the description of a flight through weightlessness, the surface of the Moon or Mars, or an exposition of some of the quirks and paradoxes of relativity ample justification for using up several thousand words in which very little might happen.
hard science fiction n. 1957 P. S. Miller in Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 143/1 It is also very characteristic of the best ‘hard’ science fiction of its day.
science-fictive adj. 1953 P. S. Miller Reference Library in Astounding Science-Fiction July 154/2 Sir Charles makes several interesting suggestions with science-fictive possibilities.
space colony n. 1932 P. S. Miller Letter in Wonder Stories June 91/2 Obviously, no author can present vividly and realistically for the benefit of the latter, experienced readers certain problems of future life and relations, of life in space ships and space colonies, that everyone realizes will and must occur, when sixth-grade children are reading them. They would not understand what was really being presented, anymore [sic] than they would understand a bald, literal statement of the theories of Freud and his school.
Sturgeon’s Law n. 1960 P. Schuyler Miller in Astounding Science Fact & Fiction Dec. 162/2 F. M. Busby, who will probably chair the 1961 World Science [sic] Convention in Seattle, seconds this with the opinion that a new reader, going over the output of the ‘great’ days of 1946 and that of 1959, would consider more of the 1959 stories really good. Theodore Sturgeon once attacked it from the other side with what has become known as Sturgeon’s Law: ‘Ninety per cent of everything is crud.’ The remaining ten per cent is what we call ‘good’ and ten per cent of that—one story in a hundred—is ‘really good’.