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“A Science Fiction is a narrative (usually in prose) of short story, novella or novel length. As to what it is about is not easily classifiable. Such stories are about an amazing variety of things, topics, and ideas. They include trips to other worlds, quests, the exploration of space, visits to other planets and interplanetary warfare”. (quoted by Cuddon : 791) .
Science Fiction is a literature concerned with the process by which a depicted environment has become different from our own, or with the means by which humanity finds itself there. This does not rule out narrative elements of intrigue, adventure and so forth. ( Mann : 5).
Brian Aldiss defines Science fiction thus:
Science Fiction is the search for a definition of mankind and his status in the universe which will stand in our advanced but confused state of knowledge (science) and is characteristically cast in the Gothic or Post-Gothic mode”. (quoted by Cuddon : 791)
He also defines it more succinctly as “Hubris clobbered by nemesis”.