sensawunda n.

= sense of wonder n.

SF Criticism

SF Fandom

  • 1978 Science Fiction Review May 53/2 page image

    Gerrold’s skimpy three-paragraph intro is a glorification of the sensawunda, and reads with the anonymous hyperbole of a blurb.

  • 1991 Matrix Aug.–Sept. 10/2 page image

    It gave me that initial jolt of Sensawunda, the first high that sends you craving for more, even though you will never attain such an emotional peak again.

  • 2005 P. Di Filippo On Books in Asimov’s Science Fiction Mar. 134/1 page image Paul Di Filippo

    If you don’t get your full complement of sensawunda from this tale, you’ve been tamed and declawed by too much literary canoodling.

  • 2019 Askance July 7 page image

    So we could conclude that Steampunk reinvigorated readers with that old-fashioned gosh-wow sensawunda we had as teenagers first discovering science fiction and fantasy.


Research requirements

antedating 1978

Research History
Suggested by Bill Mullins.

Last modified 2021-04-28 16:19:28
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