is a tongue-in-cheek science fiction
term describing a quasi-scientific explanation for an aspect of a science fiction setting. Rubber science explanations are fictional but sound
convincing enough to avoid upsetting the suspension of disbelief
. Rubber science is a feature of most genres of science fiction, with the exception of hard SF
. It is also frequently invoked in comic books
The term was coined by Norman Spinrad in an essay entitled "Rubber Science," in Reginald Bretnor's anthology The Craft of Science Fiction.