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a fiction/science-fiction/mystery writer
▪ The movie is based on a story by science-fiction writer Phillip K. Dick.
airport fiction
fan fiction
▪ Most fan fiction websites acknowledge that their authors do not own the characters involved.
pulp fiction
pulp fiction
pure fantasy/fiction (=something that is not true at all)
▪ He dismissed the allegations as ‘pure fantasy’.
science fiction
▪ The latest bestsellers in contemporary fiction and literary classics for every collection.
▪ The postmodernist dilemma of periodization is vividly dramatized by these efforts to circumscribe their location in contemporary fiction.
▪ Unlike many of the writers of the period, Brooke-Rose is not overly preoccupied by morality in her early fiction.
▪ They include the writings of historians, and textbooks, stories about the past, and historical fiction.
▪ Or to read historical fiction from those same eras!
▪ This novel is classified as historical fiction.
▪ City of Darkness, City of Light is a notable achievement of historical fiction, though not a flawless one.
▪ The Nuer legal fiction is that only men can be the owners of cattle.
▪ The status of these and other orbitals became highly fluid, in legal fiction and in fact.
▪ This reasoning Mr. McGregor attacks as involving a legal fiction.
▪ It is that legal fiction which the health authority relies upon in denying liability to the plaintiff.
▪ It also accounts for poetry being a more natural instrument of its literary expression than fiction or drama.
▪ Giroux, one of the most important publishers of literary fiction in the country.
▪ Indeed by the standards of modern fiction it is eminently worth reprinting.
▪ Though the novel is not the sole domain of either narrative or fiction, in contemporary Western culture it exemplifies both.
▪ Kleiser is not the first maker of narrative fiction to romanticize death.
▪ The new fiction tells of a world its readers live.
▪ On his birthday, Hal himself may hand the reins to a new science fiction image of the future.
▪ From No. v on it was an enormous success, and inaugurated monthly shilling numbers as a method of publishing new fiction.
▪ The restoration of the classics opened up a new world of fiction.
▪ The political aspects of the new fiction are hardly easier to generalise.
▪ That is the fruitful ambiguity on which the new fiction was based.
▪ But apart from spasmodic translations of some popular fiction and poetry, they don't do much work.
▪ In any case for the library user the style of popular books - particularly popular fiction - is often not a preoccupation.
▪ Ivana insists the tome is pure fiction.
▪ But the schedule was pure fiction.
▪ Since all taxes are compulsory, earmarking is a pure fiction.
▪ This twin of yours is pure fiction, but I do think you know who Garry's new love is.
▪ But they can be pure crime fiction and fine crime fiction too.
▪ In short, a romantic fiction of unashamed sentimentality.
▪ The earlier feminist critics such as McRobbie and Garber argued that girls learned their roles partly through romantic fiction and girls' magazines.
▪ I saw a picture of Jane Asher in the same suit at a romantic fiction judging evening.
▪ Except for my short fiction, all my work was paid for but was not what I wanted to say.
▪ With Loverboys, Castillo turns her formidable gifts to short fiction.
▪ Sometimes their life stories are so unusual that truth is stranger than fiction.
▪ Truth was sort of stranger than fiction.
▪ You might say reality is stranger than fiction.
▪ Sir, we used to joke that truth is always stranger than fiction.
▪ Most of the other forms of crime fiction spring from it, either in angry reaction or attempted improvement.
▪ Borden Stoppelgard stockpiled first-edition crime fiction.
▪ The crime short story One last, last branch of crime fiction, the short story.
▪ But the who-dun-it tug is not the only resource you have in writing comic crime fiction.
▪ From this we can go on to discover one of the rules for this sort of crime fiction.
▪ In recent years mystery with history has become a fairly popular sub-genre of crime fiction.
▪ But they can be pure crime fiction and fine crime fiction too.
▪ But it has been in existence for almost as long as there has been detective fiction.
▪ Neither robot looks much like the androids portrayed in science fiction movies.
▪ Writer and director Luc Besson sacrifices sensibility for style in this excessively fashion-designed science fiction movie.
▪ He started reading pulp fiction in the year he lost his job and began producing mystery stories based on its formulas.
▪ Like most romance fiction, Medical Romances incorporate a number of standard romance conventions.
▪ As romance fiction blossomed, a number of organizations and publications developed to serve it.
▪ Reviews, lists, and bibliographies are other sources of romance fiction information for the librarian.
▪ That can not be promised here, though a holistic perspective is taken on literary stylistics in addressing science fiction.
▪ Other people love science fiction or biographies.
▪ One might be interested in modernist writing and another in science fiction, for example.
▪ Hartmann, for example, writes classic science fiction and non-fiction about Mars.
▪ A historical adventure would be followed by a science fiction tale, then by another historical, and so on.
▪ Writer and director Luc Besson sacrifices sensibility for style in this excessively fashion-designed science fiction movie.
▪ Reading, particularly science fiction, travelling, and fell walking.
▪ Undoubtedly the most modern method devised to preserve human bodies might well be said to belong to the realm of science fiction.
▪ It is doubtful whether fiction writers are public benefactors, or their publishers philanthropists.
▪ We received the term courtesy of William Gibson, a science fiction writer.
▪ But, as we can now see, it was like being a science fiction writer really.
▪ How many up-and-coming fiction writers are former aerospace engineers?
▪ Unbelievable, but true. 25 year old, Charles Cockell is no science fiction writer.
▪ No psychiatry nonsense, no mumbo jumbo about theories and the other paraphernalia of the fiction writer.
▪ That was the dream of solar sailing, so beloved of both scientists and science fiction writers.
▪ The earliest appearance in print seems to be in a 1950 story by the science fiction writer Eric Frank Russell.
▪ No Prime Minister after Macmillan would maintain the fiction that Britain was on equal terms with the super-powers.
▪ They've been reading too much space fiction.
▪ Or to read historical fiction from those same eras!
▪ Men read science fiction to build the future.
▪ He started reading pulp fiction in the year he lost his job and began producing mystery stories based on its formulas.
▪ She was a well-known author in her day, writing fiction, biographies, translations, and even plays for children.
▪ From his well-appointed quarters at the asylum, the Marquis has continued to write his famously horrid fiction.
▪ He encouraged her to write fiction.
▪ Hartmann, for example, writes classic science fiction and non-fiction about Mars.
▪ But the who-dun-it tug is not the only resource you have in writing comic crime fiction.
▪ Of course, you also need a crime to write your crime fiction about, a story thread for your feelings of nostalgia.
▪ He enjoys a second career authoring books on legal subjects and has contemplated writing fiction.
hard-boiled film/thriller/fiction etc
▪ a science fiction novel
▪ Adopting the style of romantic fiction, she said, ''I love him passionately''.
▪ Although it is a work of fiction, it is based on fact.
▪ Anthony's first books were historical fiction.
▪ Chandler remains the greatest exponent of detective fiction.
▪ His first novel won a prize for modern fiction.
▪ I'm taking a class in Victorian fiction.
▪ It can sometimes be difficult to tell fact from fiction.
▪ It is a fiction that unemployment can be solved by some economic theory.
▪ science-fiction novels
▪ So much modern fiction is full of sex and violence.
▪ The best fiction conveys the richness of life.
▪ The president denied that he was ill, labelling the report "pure fiction."
▪ This small band of women writers dominated the romantic fiction market for a number of years.
▪ Why is Miami such a ripe setting for crime fiction?
▪ No one wants to be part of a fiction, and even less so if that fiction is real.
▪ Such issues are the subject of information books and works of fiction.
▪ The fiction, however, reads like an attempt to break out of this self-imposed restriction.
▪ The art of fiction is dead.
▪ The really astonishing thing is how fiction and reality can blur.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Fiction \Fic"tion\, n. [F. fiction, L. fictio, fr. fingere, fictum to form, shape, invent, feign. See Feign.]

  1. The act of feigning, inventing, or imagining; as, by a mere fiction of the mind.
    --Bp. Stillingfleet.

  2. That which is feigned, invented, or imagined; especially, a feigned or invented story, whether oral or written. Hence: A story told in order to deceive; a fabrication; -- opposed to fact, or reality.

    The fiction of those golden apples kept by a dragon.
    --Sir W. Raleigh.

    When it could no longer be denied that her flight had been voluntary, numerous fictions were invented to account for it.

  3. Fictitious literature; comprehensively, all works of imagination; specifically, novels and romances.

    The office of fiction as a vehicle of instruction and moral elevation has been recognized by most if not all great educators.
    --Dict. of Education.

  4. (Law) An assumption of a possible thing as a fact, irrespective of the question of its truth.

  5. Any like assumption made for convenience, as for passing more rapidly over what is not disputed, and arriving at points really at issue.

    Syn: Fabrication; invention; fable; falsehood.

    Usage: Fiction, Fabrication. Fiction is opposed to what is real; fabrication to what is true. Fiction is designed commonly to amuse, and sometimes to instruct; a fabrication is always intended to mislead and deceive. In the novels of Sir Walter Scott we have fiction of the highest order. The poems of Ossian, so called, were chiefly fabrications by Macpherson.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., ficcioun, "that which is invented or imagined in the mind," from Old French ficcion "dissimulation, ruse; invention, fabrication" (13c.) and directly from Latin fictionem (nominative fictio) "a fashioning or feigning," noun of action from past participle stem of fingere "to shape, form, devise, feign," originally "to knead, form out of clay," from PIE *dheigh- "to build, form, knead" (source also of Old English dag "dough;" see dough).\n

\nMeaning "prose works (not dramatic) of the imagination" is from 1590s, at first often including plays and poems. Narrower sense of "the part of literature comprising novels and short stories based on imagined scenes or characters" is by early 19c. The legal sense (fiction of law) is from 1580s. A writer of fiction could be a fictionist (1827). The related Latin words included the literal notion "worked by hand," as well as the figurative senses of "invented in the mind; artificial, not natural": Latin fictilis "made of clay, earthen;" fictor "molder, sculptor" (also borrowed 17c. in English), but also of Ulysses as "master of deceit;" fictum "a deception, falsehood; fiction."


n. 1 Literary type using invented or imaginative writing, instead of real fact, usually written as prose. 2 (context uncountable English) Invention.

  1. n. a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact

  2. a deliberately false or improbable account [syn: fabrication, fable]

Fiction (Yuki Kajiura album)

Fiction is Yuki Kajiura's first solo album, containing remixes of her previous anime work as well as original songs. The Japanese edition features three bonus songs.

Fiction (disambiguation)
  • Prose fiction, "literature in the form of prose, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people" (New Oxford American Dictionary).
  • Fiction, a story created by the imagination in any media, in addition to prose (films, plays, etc.).

Fiction may also refer to:

Fiction (magazine)

Fiction is a literary magazine founded in 1972 by Mark Jay Mirsky, Donald Barthelme, and Max Frisch. It is published by the City College of New York. This is not the same as the French science fiction magazine Fiction, published from 1953-1990.

In its early years, Fiction was published in tabloid format and featured experimental work by such writers as John Barth, Jerome Charyn, Italo Calvino, Ronald Sukenick, Steve Katz, Russell Banks, Samuel Beckett, and J.G. Ballard. It later took the form of a more traditional paperback literary magazine, publishing short works by Reinaldo Arenas, Isaac Babel, Donald Barthelme, Mei Chin, Julio Cortázar, Marguerite Duras, Natalia Ginzburg, Clarice Lispector, Robie Macauley, Robert Musil, Joyce Carol Oates, Manuel Puig, and John Yau.1.

Though the magazine ostensibly focuses on publishing fiction, as its name implies, it has recently also featured excerpts from Robert Musil's diaries and letters, as well as various writings with an autobiographical slant.

Fiction (Mukala album)

Fiction is the only album released by Christian artists Mukala.

Fiction (Yoga Lin album)

Fiction, often stylized as fiction ( Chinese: 大/小說家) is Taiwanese Mandopop artist Yoga Lin's fourth Mandarin studio album. It was released on 22 June 2012 by HIM International Music. It was ranked no. 1 in Taipei Times's list of top five Mandarin albums of 2012. Yoga Lin co-produced most songs on the album, and participated in the writing of the lyrics and mixing of the songs.

Fiction (coldrain song)

"Fiction" is the first maxi-single by Japanese rock band coldrain.

Fiction (The Comsat Angels album)

Fiction, released in 1982 on Polydor Records, was The Comsat Angels' third album. The album has been reissued on CD three times: in 1995 by RPM Records, in 2006 by Renascent Records and in 2015 by Edsel Records, with different track listings (see below). The album peaked at No. 94 in the UK charts in September 1982.

Fiction was less gloomy than the Comsats' previous album, Sleep No More. Frontman Stephen Fellows said of the change: "I certainly didn't want to make another record as intense as Sleep No More — at least not immediately. Sleep No More was so dark that I felt it skewed things a bit — possibly even mentally for me. I just felt if we carried on in that direction it'd lead to madness or maybe even something worse".

Fellows was satisfied with many of the songs on Fiction, including "What Else!?", "Pictures" and "After the Rain", but felt that the album as a whole could have been better. "We were a bit short of tunes when we recorded it", he said. "We were touring quite a bit after Sleep No More and there wasn't as much time to write as I would have liked".

Fiction (Dark Tranquillity album)

Fiction is the eighth studio album by the Swedish melodic death metal band, Dark Tranquillity.

The earliest release date for the album was set for North America on April 17, 2007.

This is the last new material to feature Michael Nicklasson as their bassist before leaving in August 2008 and the last release to be recorded at Studio Fredman.

This album marked a few returns of previous quirks the band had done in the past - the song "Inside the Particle Storm" marks the return of Sundin writing lyrics again since "Tongues" from The Mind's I, Mikael Stanne utilizes clean vocals in addition to his usual growled vocals on "Misery's Crown" since "In Sight" from Haven (Reissue) and a guest female vocalist on "The Mundane and the Magic" since "Undo Control" from Projector.

A limited edition of the album includes a bonus DVD with live songs, behind the scene footage, Character's "The New Build" promo video, and the "Focus Shift" video clip. In addition, the limited edition disc features an extended booklet layout, an alternative cover artwork, and includes also a free Dark Tranquillity patch.

An expanded edition was released in North America on May 27 and was scheduled for Worldwide release on June 23, 2008.


Fiction is the classification for any story created by the imagination and, therefore, not based strictly on history or fact. Fiction can be expressed in a variety of formats, including writings, live performances, films, television programs, video games, and role-playing games, though the term originally and most commonly refers to the major narrative forms of literature (see literary fiction), including the novel, novella, short story, and play. Fiction constitutes an act of creative invention, so that faithfulness to reality is not typically assumed; in other words, fiction is not expected to present only characters who are actual people or descriptions that are factually true. The context of fiction is generally open to interpretation, due to fiction's freedom from any necessary embedding in reality; however, some fictional works are claimed to be, or marketed as, historically or factually accurate, complicating the traditional distinction between fiction and non-fiction. Fiction is a classification or category, rather than a specific mode or genre, unless used in a narrower sense as a synonym for a particular literary fiction form.

Usage examples of "fiction".

Kathy Acker and William Burroughs, exemplary postmodern thinkers by virtue of their literary fictions, are frequently present in these pages as well.

Alexander York, because her admiralship was more a legal fiction than an actual Rank Of Power.

And, although amid the ever-growing degeneracy of mankind, this primeval word of revelation was falsified by the admixture of various errors, and overlaid and obscured by numberless and manifold fictions, inextricably confused, and disfigured almost beyond the power of recognition, still a profound inquiry will discover in heathenism many luminous vestiges of primitive Truth.

Blumenthal wife-beating allegation is pure fiction that has been created by Clinton enemies.

Abysses of amnesia continually opened beneath him, but he would bridge them, nimbly, by fluent confabulations and fictions of all kinds.

No apologia is any more than a romance - half a fiction - in which all the successive identities taken on and rejected by the writer as a function of linear time are treated as separate characters.

Grant had told Ruth that she should get off her high horse about not writing autobiographical fiction.

Explore the ideas of fiction and imagination and the autobiographical ingredients of writing.

TV series that spawned it, the movie of Cowboy Bebop is a marvelous hodgepodge of hardboiled mystery fiction, science fiction action, and tragic love story, with more cultural influences than you could possibly list -- although Bebop otaku certainly have tried on their numerous fan websites.

What mysteries has fiction produced to rival mind bogglers like deep geological time, a boundless universe, the big bang, relativity, quantum mechanics, the double helix, natural selection, mass extinction, the language instinct, and chaos theory?

Asia and America, the most striking is that offered by the Mexican mythology in the cosmogonical fiction of the periodical destructions and regenerations of the universe.

Bruce Sterling has been keeping an eye on the cyberculture from its beginning, and not always as a fiction writer.

The same cannot be said about the vast, otherworldly subject of cybersex, which involves a range of physical and cerebral activities more suited to science fiction than the kind of fiction we have been examining up to now.

Internet-specific fiction than our narrow definitions of cybersex had suggested.

E-zines: Deviant Minds, Alternate Realities, Planet Magazine, Suspect Thoughts, Apocalypse Fiction, Dark Muse, Demensions, The Murder Hole, Fuzzclog, Tantalus Fire, No Boundaries, Fantastic Metropolis, and SHZine.