message fiction

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message fiction (uncountable)

  1. Fiction that attempts to convey a sociopolitical message, as opposed to mere escapism.
    • 1988, Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact (page 178)
      Goldstein has fallen victim to the trap inherent in message fiction: when a novelist makes the message too prominent, or warps the story to serve the message, the story suffers.
    • Charles L. Fontenay, quoted in 2009, Robert Reginald, Contemporary Science Fiction Authors (page 99)
      [] I have already found that I can't write 'message' fiction of any kind. I can only write the kind I like best to read, which is the bang-up adventure type []