Is Sci Fi "Literature"?

Hello, I was just curious to know if sci fi can be considered literature. What is the definition of literature btw?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Sci-Fi is most certainly considered literature. During the Golden Age of Science Fiction (1950's - 1970's), abstract concepts were introduced into societal consciousness - concepts that are no longer science fiction but, science fact.

    On the social side of things, few books in the post-Korean War era had the impact that Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land. Arthur Clarke wrote about wild ideas that are now clearly defined in new maths developed during the past 35 - 40 years.

    Authors like Isaac Asmiov and Ray Bradbury as well as many, many others would write about flying saucers and robots and the such as metaphors for the issues that a world gripped in the Cold War dealt with.

    Is Sci-Fi literature? Regardless of all of this, innumerable people have found pleasure and found hope in Sci-Fi and that simple fact completely validates Sci-Fi as a legitimate genre of literature.

    Afterall, when the French Impressionists started their artistic revolution, people questioned whether or not their work was art. Looking back on it today, it's hard to believe that a world could exist without the impressionist movement that helped define society and culture in the 20th and 21st Century's.

  • Cate
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Anything written(ie poems, stories, songs) is considered Literature. So yes, Sci Fi is literature.


  • 1 decade ago

    Of course! Anything expressed in words on paper is literature.

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