tie-in n.

a book, film, or the like published to take advantage of the appearance of the same work in another medium

SF Criticism

  • 1949 G. R. Stewart Earth Abides (1989) ii. ii. 171

    Ezra knew people. When he had clerked in that liquor-store he must have been good at jollying his customers along and making tie-in sales.

  • 1961 R. A. Heinlein Letter 17 Mar. in R. A. Heinlein & V. Heinlein Grumbles from Grave (1990) 233 Robert A. Heinlein

    The Sound of His Wings…has an SF tie-in through my ‘Future History’ chart without being tagged as ‘science fiction’.

  • 1986 D. Carey Dreadnought i.11 Diane Carey

    I had bothered to study the nuances of direct tie-in.

  • 2001 Science Fiction Chronicle July 44/3

    It was inevitable that there be tie-in novels to the Terminator films.

  • 2001 Locus June 80/2

    Simon Spotlight will publish some of Minstrel’s media tie-ins.

  • 2001 Sci Fi June 59/4

    And how about those tie-ins: Happy Meals filled with various Eldritch horrors and their minions.

  • 2001 Locus June 13/1

    Dean Wesley Smith sold Roswell tie-in Little Green Men to Pocket Books.

  • 2001 Science Fiction Chronicle July 10/2

    British publishers of Harry Potter tie-ins are fearful that…sales will be very disappointing.

  • 2002 Science Fiction Chronicle May 43/2

    Your published books have all been tied to media-related properties, whether it’s Star Wars or Titan A.E. or…Star Craft. Do you feel like you’re somehow sacrificing your‘art’ by writing tie-in books?


Research requirements

antedating 1962

Earliest cite

in Publisher's Weekly

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