technothriller n.

a thriller which employs science fictional technology or gadgetry

SF Encyclopedia

SF Criticism


  • 1978 Observer (London) 3 Dec. 36 (advt.)

    Techno-thriller by the man they call the new Le Carré.

  • 1991 Locus Sept. 29/3

    Toward the end, however, the mood shifts to more of a political techno-thriller, with some major twists in plot. Terrorists seek to stop the Stardancers.

  • 1992 Locus June 27/3

    Ostensibly written as a techno-thriller, it explores both sides of the notion that bears Turing’s name.

  • 1993 SFRA Rev. Jan. 45

    (It seemed) to inspire a wave of bestselling techno-thrillers which changed the face of popular fiction.

  • 1994 B. Bova Craft of Writing Science Fiction That Sells xv. 160, Ben Bova bibliography

    I have never been in space, but when I decided to write a technothriller set on a space station I went to someone who knows the territory, astronaut Bill Pogue.

  • 1996 SFX May 51/2

    Very much a technothriller in nature, Bugs is something of a contemporary take on Mission: Impossible, with its scenario of three freelance crimebusters using cutting-edge hardware to thwart the bad guys and right wrongs.

  • 1997 Interzone July 56/3

    This being a techno-thriller, each is planning to betray the other, though in very different ways.

  • 2002 P. Di Filippo On Books in Asimov’s Science Fiction May 132/1 Paul Di Filippo

    Ever since Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain (1969), the type of novel that’s come to be known as the ‘techno-thriller’ has assumed the status of science fiction’s sexier younger sister, stealing much of the public spotlight away from SF. Set in near-future venues often no farther away than the day after tomorrow, these novels have appropriated all our trademark glitz of technology and hardware, added bracing doses of realpolitik and suspense, then arrayed themselves in streamlined, whiz-bang plots, however improbable. Casting off our genre’s constraints of rigorous speculation, techno-thrillers can be outrageously seductive to the broad masses of readers in a way that hardcore SF, with its more ‘serious’—and, face it, sometimes stodgy—concerns cannot.

  • 2003 Dreamwatch Aug. 29/1

    You're always looking, as a director, for things that sort of speak to you and get you excited about what you can do with it cinematically.

  • 2017 SFX (#281) Jan. 90/2 page image

    Like the best horror movies, tapping into why The Fly worked so well is difficult. It appealed to the same science-gone-awry technothriller sentiment that turned Jurassic Park scribe Michael Crichton into a bestselling author.

Research requirements

antedating 1978

Earliest cite

in the (London) Observer

Research History
Irene Grumman submitted a 1999 from an ad in SF Age. Irene Grumman submitted a 2002 cite from Paul Di Filippo in Asimov's. Bill Mullins submitted a 1978 quote from an ad in the (London) Observer.

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