What is fiction?

  • (noun): A literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Fiction

Fiction is the form of any narrative or informative work that deals, in part or in whole, with information or events that are not factual, but rather, imaginary and theoretical—that is, invented by the author. Although fiction describes a major branch of literary work, it may also refer to theatrical, cinematic, or musical work. Fiction contrasts with non-fiction, which deals exclusively with factual (or, at least, assumed factual) events, descriptions, observations, etc. (e.g., biographies, histories).

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Love's Labour's Lost - Adaptations - Fiction
... Thomas Mann in his novel Doctor Faustus (1943) has the fictional German composer Adrian Leverkühn attempt to write an opera on Love's Labour's Lost. ...
Don DeLillo
... DeLillo has twice been a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist for Mao II and Underworld (1992 and 1998, respectively), won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Mao II in 1992 (receiving a further PEN/Faulkner Award ... DeLillo has described his fiction as being influenced by " the fact that we're living in dangerous times ...
67th World Science Fiction Convention - Future Site Selection
... Reno, Nevada, as the host city for the 69th World Science Fiction Convention, Renovation, to be held in 2011, and Raleigh, North Carolina, as the ... The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association selected Winnipeg, Manitoba, as the location of Canvention 2010 and the 30th Prix Aurora Awards ...
Eric Frank Russell
... Russell (January 6, 1905 - February 28, 1978) was a British author best known for his science fiction novels and short stories ... Campbell's Astounding Science Fiction and other pulp magazines ... Russell also wrote horror fiction for Weird Tales, and non-fiction articles on Fortean topics ...
Dune (novel) - Reception
... Dune is considered by some critics to be the best science fiction book ever written ... Science fiction author Arthur C ... and most ingenious." It was called "One of the monuments of modern science fiction" by the Chicago Tribune, while the Washington Post described it as "A portrayal of an alien society more ...

More definitions of "fiction":

  • (noun): A deliberately false or improbable account.
    Synonyms: fabrication, fable

Famous quotes containing the word fiction:

    I write fiction and I’m told it’s autobiography, I write autobiography and I’m told it’s fiction, so since I’m so dim and they’re so smart, let them decide what it is or it isn’t.
    Philip Roth (b. 1933)

    If there were genders to genres, fiction would be unquestionably feminine.
    William Gass (b. 1924)

    It is with fiction as with religion: it should present another world, and yet one to which we feel the tie.
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)